Epilogue as Prologue: (Update 4:30 p.m., 7.30.10) Well what do you know..not six hours goes by since we bring us Texas and their 2010 scores come out, and…wait for it,…they decided to keep the “projection measure” and…. proficiency scores rocketed! And now, from the Dallas Morning News, comes the greatest probative paragraph in the history… Read More (Updated) Moving the Standardized Testing Goalposts: Texas
Perhaps the best thing about having power is that having a little of it makes silly suggestions seem serious and legitimate. Example: If a lowly blogger (and is there anything lower than a blogger?) suggested that Albuquerque Public Schools solve its latest shortfall of $19 million by suing the State of New Mexico for lack… Read More Saving APS $19M: Little Ideas and Supposedly Bigger Ones
It’s fun when it happens to other states & newspapers, and you can’t beat fun at the ‘ol standardized testing ballpark when the fences get moved way back at Yankee testing stadium and nobody can hit a homer anymore. Oh, the testmanity!!! Or testsanity. Or testklemptitude or whatever mishmash word one may prefer. I… Read More The Standardized Test Sky Is Falling!!!1!!!: New York Variation
All the talk today is about our Mr. Radley-esque neighbors to the map-oriented left, and their attempt to keep their well-maintained yard* “100% American”. And I don’t want to change that subject, but I’ve been reading John M. Barry’s Rising Tide about the 1927 Mississippi River Flood. In it Barry shows historical context for the… Read More When NM Neighbors Go Crazy: Colorado and the Klan, 1920s
So New Mexico isn’t in the running for federal “Race to the Top” funding, and is, in fact, one of 17 states that bothered to complete an application for Round 2 and failed to make the finals. So what? We didn’t want to be in your crappy “race” anyway Mr. Federal Education Person. And… Read More NM Race to the Top: They Shoot Grantwriters, Don’t They?
I read some blurb about an Open House at the new NexGen Academy, and it included a link to the school’s website. As the kids say, OMG. No, I’m not really sure if the kids still say that, but stay with me here. OMG. NexGen is using “Professional Innovations” for its website? And the half… Read More NexGen Is So…uh..errr…2000, ish
Update: As some of you might have noticed, Secretary Arne made the Internets blow up and the National Press Club website crashed. And now for the bad news: New Mexico ain’t on the list of finalists. Even freakin’ Arizona made the list…but no New Mexico. Let the NM finger-pointing begin! Note: Looks like this is… Read More (Updated) Today In Sports: New Mexico Loses Race to the Top