As mentioned here on myriad occasions, there are two types of mandated tests given these days in New Mexico schools: Standards-Based Assessments (SBAs): Federally mandated via “No Child Left Behind”. Determines whether a school/district meets “Adequate Yearly Progress”. Some states have their own self-created tests and acronyms for these, but New Mexico can’t afford its… Read More CSI: Autopsy of an "Assessment"
Photo purloined from official “Mass Happiness” ABQ Balloon “Fiesta” website.Given all the aggravation, I figure they owe us a free photo or two. Looking back over the past four plus years of this blog thing, I think I’ve only missed pointing out how much I despise the upcoming “Fiesta” once. In 2007, I was evidently… Read More Ten Reasons I Hate The Balloon Fiesta, Repackaged For Blu-ray 2009 Edition
Okay, now that I have your attention through the use of “hot” New Mexico first names, let me first waste your time by giving you what I feel is the single most informative 211-word analysis of standardized testing I’ve ever read. And I’ve been wasting lots and lots of time lately reading tons of standardized… Read More Marty & Bill & Veronica & Winston
Dear Republicans and Republican Party: I know we haven’t hung out much recently. I’ve been real bad about returning phone calls, getting together with you or even acknowledging you exist. I know I’ve had the tendency, pretty much ever since I was old enough to know there was a difference between “Democrat” and “Republican”, to… Read More Dear New Republican Friends of Public Education
Some days are harder than others, and some days are bad enough to require some John Coltrane (preferably with Elvin Jones on drums). Finding video from my favorite period (the not quite so screechy late 50’s) is pretty darn hard, but here’s a section of “Impressions” from 1963, I believe…. Dig Jones in that (flannel?)… Read More Nothing Like Some Coltrane (and Elvin Jones) After a Hard Day at Work
Today gets us to Day 23 of School Year 2009-2010. Classes have been going on just over a calendar month now. The Autumnal Equinox has come and gone, and the deliciously cooler weather means I’ll need another layer on my bike commute this morning. And I still don’t have my damn scores from the standardized… Read More It’s Fall, It’s Cooler and I Still Don’t Have My Damn Test Scores
Great quote in today’s NYT continuing series on the idiocy of cell phoning/texting/tweeting while behind the wheel. The 25 year-old who made the quote headlined above is also heard to have made the following statements: “I try to be smart when I’m cleaning my loaded gun with the barrel pointed at my chest.” “I try… Read More ”I try to be smart when I’m using my phone when I’m driving.”