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April 12, 2012

Man vs. Computer: Who Wins the Essay-Scoring Challenge?

A new study finds little difference between the quality of essay-scoring from software programs when compared with trained human scorers.

April 12, 2012

When Everything Is a 'Race'

Everything is a "race," a "competition;" everyone and everything is rank ordered. We forget that no matter how "we" improve there are always exactly the same number of kids in the front of the line as at the end of the line.

April 10, 2012

What Do Teachers Want?

The Scholastic-Gates Survey says in its conclusion that "On average, teachers work about 11 hours and 25 minutes a day."

April 05, 2012

'Soft Science' & Less Certainty

We dumb down young people's education early by suggesting that in democracy it's one vote for every one person.

April 04, 2012

Assessment Consortium Moves to Build Higher Ed. Links

One of the consortia designing tests for the common standards decides to make higher-education representatives voting members, reflecting the push to ensure that colleges and universities accept the test as an indicator of college readiness.

April 04, 2012

Wash. Parents Opt-Out of Testing, Citing Costs

In what Washington state officials are saying is the largest-scale test rebellion they've faced, the parents of 70 students at an elementary school in Everett, Wash., have opted out of federally mandated standardized testing.

April 03, 2012

The Battle Over Banned Words

Last week, the New York Post broke the story that the NYC Department of Education had "banned references to 'dinosaurs,' 'birthdays,' 'Halloween' and dozens of other topics on city-issued tests." The Post called it a "bizarre case of political correctness run wild." The DOE offered the justificatio...

April 03, 2012

Blind Oregon Students Now Take Online Adaptive Tests

For the first time, students who read Braille in Oregon can take the same adaptive tests in reading, math, science, and social science.

April 03, 2012

Stalking the Vampire in Texas

The Texas revolt was seeded by the efforts of nearly three dozen district superintendents who began meeting in 2006 and produced a joint statement about their vision for the future of education.

March 28, 2012

Assessment Consortia: Kentucky Makes Its Choice

Kentucky decides to throw its weight toward the common-standards tests being designed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

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