It’s starting everyone! Ideas and policy changes to stop cheating on standardized testing! Whoo-hoo! Woot! In beautiful (and I’ve been there) Madison Parish, Louisiana, a bunch of teacher folks got caught changing a ton of wrong answers to right ones. Interim Superintendent Donald Frazier and the Madison Parish Schools came up with the following plan:… Read More Inevitable Testing News: Lights, Camera, Roll Film, Action!
The mental ramp-up from Teacher Summer to Teacher Insanity must be set to Defcon 1 (that’s the highest state of alert as I understand it) right now. I was preparing a weekly “Distraction” featuring alto sax player Jackie McLean, but am Irritating Grammar Teacher (IGT) outraged by the following sentence in an ABQ Journal story (stupid… Read More Friday Driven to Distraction 8.12.11: Grammar Butthead
In view of Arne Duncan’s very recent waving of the Magic Waiver Wand (MWW), it is interesting to follow developments in California. It seems the Feds gave Cali $6m to create a teacher database (one that kept track of how a teacher’s student did on standardized tests). But the state didn’t create the database, so… Read More How Powerful Is Arne’s Magic Wand?
Poor early morning time-management means an almost Twitter-like post today. “Race to the Top” winner Tennessee is throwing a bunch of spaghetti ideas at the educational refrigerator, hoping something sticks. Included is a proviso that: scores from the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program will account for 15 percent of math, English, science and social studies grades… Read More Tennessee’s Testing Stick Gets Some Small Spikes
Hi teacher friends. Yes, we had to wake up BEFORE IT WAS LIGHT OUTSIDE this morning. And yes, after 2.5 months of seasonal unemployment, we had no idea when the bright object in the sky would cover the land in sunlight. But 27 cups of coffee later we’re ready for “professional development”. Right? We’re ready… Read More He Who Controls the Test, Controls the Educational Universe
Edit 8.9.11: Somebody makes a good case for why States shouldn’t suck up and ask for Arne Waivers. Good points, but are the Feds seriously going to follow up on the promises made in a waiver request? How easy would it be to play the “funding shortfall” card these days? I’m calling bullshit on Arne’s… Read More See Barack? Arne Shows How It’s Done
From the California Department of Education “STAR” Sample Test Questions for 8th Grade Social Science: The Scientiﬁc Revolution contributed to Enlightenment thought by inﬂuencing people to A: believe in the power of human reason. B: reject belief in the organized church. C: study the ideas of past civilizations. D: oppose individuality in favor of social… Read More Example of Why I LOVE Standardized Testing