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Meaningful Assessments on Large and Small Scales

How Can We Make Assessments Meaningful? | Edutopia. I came across this article courtesy of one of my colleagues from my time in Phoenix this past summer (thank you!). I think it’s a very thoughtful piece on meaningful assessment. It’s … Continue reading

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Should Student Test Scores Be Used to Evaluate Teachers? – WSJ.com

Shared with us by one of our colleagues, a great point/counterpoint conversation about whether or not student test scores should be used to evaluate teachers: Should Student Test Scores Be Used to Evaluate Teachers? – WSJ.com.

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A well-reasoned argument against the current testing regime

Please read and pass along. More of us need to be speaking up and out against testing testing and more testing… NYC Public School Parents: Carol Burris’ testimony on the current testing regime.

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Why the sudden interest in my list of what to do while actively proctoring a mandated test?

We’re perplexed–suddenly today already 60 readers have found my post from spring 2011 on what to do while actively proctoring a state-mandated test. That’s kind of a lot of readers for us on a given post in a single day, … Continue reading

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An argument against testing from a New York City language arts teacher…

From a NY City Language Arts teacher: Better yet, we should abandon altogether the multiple-choice tests, which are in vogue not because they are an effective tool for judging teachers or students but because they are an efficient means of … Continue reading

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Simmering Frustration about State-Mandated Testing

I’ve been ruminating over this one for a time–not sure if I should post it or not. I actually wrote it about two weeks ago and have been thinking about it since. The last thing I want you all to … Continue reading

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PLEASE read this and pass it on– Ravitch: No Student Left Untested

Here is yet one more piece by Diane Ravitch (published earlier this week in the New York Review of Books) that clearly articulates the issues surrounding testing, NCLB, Race to the Top, and teacher accountability. Click here to read it. … Continue reading

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Frightening doesn’t cover it!

This is from Ed Week, by Diane Ravitch: modal years of teaching experience in 1987-88 was 15 (meaning that there were more teachers with 15 years of experience than any other group); in the latest published survey, 2007-08, the modal … Continue reading

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