Scenes From the Hanna Skandera Parent-Teacher Conference

“Our place in regards to reforms and transformation is right at the top,” Skandera said Tuesday. “We’re pretty proud.”– from “State’s No Child Waiver to be Expedited,” Albuquerque Journal, 11.26.14 School Counselor:  Welcome everybody.  Thanks Ms. and Mr. Skandera for being here.  As I mentioned in my email we have some concerns about Hanna and… Read More Scenes From the Hanna Skandera Parent-Teacher Conference

Friday Distraction, 11.21.14: A Half-Hour of Cannonball Adderley Sextet Live

Appearing on the rather famed BBC-TV show “Jazz 625” in 1964 (check out the amazing photo montage in the open!), here’s a good way to spend about 30 minutes this fine, long-awaited Friday.  If you’ve had the sort of crazy work week I’ve had, throwing pretty much everything in these last few days, before the… Read More Friday Distraction, 11.21.14: A Half-Hour of Cannonball Adderley Sextet Live

In Memoriam: Mike Nichols

Perhaps my favorite opening credits ever (right down to the Liz Taylor cackle) in dedication to the temporal closing of a wonderfully creative man. He changed the way movies and comedy were made and did so without being a pompous jerk about it.  May we all continue to have such aspirations.

PARCC is the LBJ of Standardized Testing

And it was very evident that this was going to be a problem from a political perspective.” –quoted participant on a Smarter Balance cut score/standards-setting panel Education Week has a story, grade-by-grade infographic included, on the touchy, important and oh-so-political process of deciding how hard to “grade” the new standardized tests.  As you know, there… Read More PARCC is the LBJ of Standardized Testing

Remember When Skandera/PED Said It Was All The Districts’ Fault?

Fascinating story in today’s New Mexican on Public Education Designate Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera at the LESC hearing yesterday.  Two excerpts: “Do we have room for improvement, particularly on the implementation side? Absolutely,” Skandera said. Skandera presented a list of remedies to address other problems with the evaluation system, including assigning a departmental liaison to every… Read More Remember When Skandera/PED Said It Was All The Districts’ Fault?

Proven: Standardized Testing Can Make You a Better Christian!

Who am I to get in the way of the excellent reporting the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has done over the past couple of years on standardized testing manipulation.  Just read today’s story on: Every year hundreds of high school seniors in Georgia public schools transfer to private schools just weeks before they are scheduled to graduate,… Read More Proven: Standardized Testing Can Make You a Better Christian!