When Far More Important People Agree With You It’s Kinda Weird

“Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks said he now thinks states should be held to a national yardstick when it comes to their student performance. ‘States are performing, or not, based upon their own state assessment,’ Brooks told members of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties Monday at the Albuquerque Marriott. He said… Read More When Far More Important People Agree With You It’s Kinda Weird

"A2L" & The Seedy Underbelly of Standardized Testing

When a normal, non-teacher type, person thinks “high-stakes testing”, s/he is thinking about the “SBA”. Standards-Based Assessment. At least in New Mexico…these things have different names/acronyms in other states, which could lead us to about 5,000 words on how different states do testing. But that would be a digression, and we’re not doing that today.… Read More "A2L" & The Seedy Underbelly of Standardized Testing

Further Signs of the Newspaper Apocalypse: I Use Craigslist

Before I start…a note about the Journal, its employees and the future of Journal employees. I have been somewhat critical in recent days/weeks/months of the education coverage by the Journal. I’ve also been whinging (D.F. Wallace is not the only person who loves[d] this word) on and on about the Journal’s inability to “get” the… Read More Further Signs of the Newspaper Apocalypse: I Use Craigslist

The Journal: All The "News" That Fits In Four Column Inches

In the land of news-deprivation blindness, the 400-word story is somewhere between prince and king.  Just one of the many ways newspapers are like the monarchical form of government, I suppose. This morning the Journal has a 400-word story as way of correction about its publication of SBA scores by classroom back in February.  As… Read More The Journal: All The "News" That Fits In Four Column Inches

Revolting Standardized Testing: The British Front

“’In practice, these tests have proved to be a nightmarish failure. The Sats (Standard Attainment Tests) have not only led to a marked decline in standards, they have broken children’s zeal for learning. They have alienated pupils, teachers and parents alike without making schools properly accountable….the Sats have made children better at passing abstruse exams… Read More Revolting Standardized Testing: The British Front

Post #700

I’m a baseball fan, so all numbers around 700 have to do with home runs. Ruth already had 714 when I hit the planet, and that number, 714, refers/means that and only that. There is absolutely no other use for the arranged numbers 7, 1, and 4 other than to refer to Babe Ruth and… Read More Post #700