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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
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
Some teachers call it “closing the door to my classroom,” while others call it leaving the classroom altogether. How does one get away from all the “white noise” of K-12 teaching circa-2015? As we wind down Fall Semester 2015, I find it personally helpful to distract myself from the noise by having this Talking Heads… Read More The Tuesday Distraction: “Clean Break” by the Talking Heads
My Thanksgiving meals (emphasis on the “s,” as I’m into about the sixth course of leftovers this Friday afternoon) have left me just about unable to reach my hands to the keyboard. The word “girth” comes strongly to mind here. So no long diatribe and I’ll instead largely copy/paste part of this recap of how… Read More Ohio School Officials Talk Trash While Dumping PARCC
Dear Mr. Carlin: Below please find the template to complete your required joke/bit evaluation for Domain I next month. Note that I’ve helped you by filling in a bit of the information myself. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. —Sister Mary Elephant, Principal November 10, 2015 To: Licensed Comedian From: New… Read More Teachscape for Comedians
Good to see other folks are joining me in spending way too much time looking at how PARCC questions are graded. NPR’s Cory Turner dives in with some “expert” help in discussing how the questions and scoring differ from previous standardized tests. I have been known to state my opinion here occasionally, approximately 100% of… Read More An NPR Look at PARCC “Released Items”