2014-2015 New Mexico School Grades, “Final Exam”: Dropping Out of School

Let me start by mentioning that I absolutely detest the word “branding.”  I’m sure I’d hate it if I were a cow, but, of course, the “branding” I’m talking about here is marketing/salesspeak (ergo: worthless) for what people are supposed to think when they hear the word/phrase associated with something.  Even worse is the word “re-branding,”… Read More 2014-2015 New Mexico School Grades, “Final Exam”: Dropping Out of School

Staring at 2014-2015 New Mexico “School Grades,” #3: What Scot Did on His Winter Vacation

In the spirit, not of the Holiday but, of releasing obsessive information from my brain, below is what I found comparing the list of schools identified in a March 2015 Journal piece as having 5.00% or higher opt-outs and whether those schools were dinged a letter grade by NMPED on their recently released “School Grades.”  I’ve… Read More Staring at 2014-2015 New Mexico “School Grades,” #3: What Scot Did on His Winter Vacation

Staring at 2014-2015 New Mexico “School Grades,” #2: Why?

After further reflection, I’ve determined there are three ways to look at the new “school grades” released by the New Mexico Public Education Department: The Smart Way The Public Way The Dumb Way The Smart Way is to look at all of it as a huge worthless statistical manipulation and deceit, one designed to achieve nothing… Read More Staring at 2014-2015 New Mexico “School Grades,” #2: Why?

Staring at 2014-2015 New Mexico “School Grades, #1: Just Plain Wrong

Dumped on a last day before Winter Break Friday afternoon like vodka bottles “snowballs” off a hotel room balcony, the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) largely tried to sneak its “School Grades” for 2014-2015 by everybody, as it does with all news further confirming how incompetently it oversees education in this state. Naturally, the… Read More Staring at 2014-2015 New Mexico “School Grades, #1: Just Plain Wrong

Test Cheer/I’m-a-Teacher-Who-Feels-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Go-into-a-Grading-Coma Rag

With apologies to Country Joe McDonald and so many others…   Give me a T! Give me an E! Give me a S! Give me another T! What’s that spell? Formative Assessment! What’s that spell? Summative Assessment! What the Hell does Formative and Summative Assessment really mean? We don’t know! What’s the difference between them?… Read More Test Cheer/I’m-a-Teacher-Who-Feels-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Go-into-a-Grading-Coma Rag

A “Few” Questions for NMPED’s New “Outreach” Office

There’s a new page on the oft-uninformative and historically worst state education agency website ever, i.e., the New Mexico Public Education “portal.” This new page, entitled “Outreach,” might seem like some sort of joke, or one of those “jumbo shrimp” oxymorons. “Outreach” and the New Mexico Public Education Department?  Together?  Sounds like a “Donald Trump Diversity Conference,”… Read More A “Few” Questions for NMPED’s New “Outreach” Office