Educators in OK developing their own #commoncore assessments

This, from State Impact Indiana: …Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi estimated the state can save at least $2 million a year if it develops its own test rather than go with the PARCC exam. This is how it all works. States, as mandated by the USDE, with influence from the private sector, require […]

Great point on Twitter from @MaryEhrenworth

I have to share this really great tweet. Close reading, yeah right! So CCSS values close reading and analysis. But today NYS tested kids’ rapid first thinking with NO time to read, let alone reread/analyze. — Mary Ehrenworth (@MaryEhrenworth) April 17, 2013

Student walkout of TCAP tests coming up this week

Here’s a video diary to learn more.

Just a little reminder of what happens when Hitler’s schools don’t make #AYP

All right, enough with this stuff. Final parody for now: Hitler finds out his schools did not make #AYP

Uh oh, he does not sound happy. Now, folks that are hip to the Internets should know this meme and realize that I am NOT calling “eduformers” Hitler. Look up Downfall parodies. They’re everywhere. Here’s my contribution to the meme. Hitler finds out his schools did not make AYP. from Chalk Face on Vimeo.

The spotlight is on ALEC at #educationnation

There was a little back and forth in terms of editing the piece, but our group effort is up at Education Week on the unreasonable power ALEC wields in the debate on public education (thanks Anthony). At one point, and I have to be honest, we were told that the piece crossed some kind of […]

On a #boycott of #tests

Let me post a public Facebook conversation on the legal ramifications of boycotting standardized tests. I’ll hide the names, but any lawyers out there who could judge the merits of these arguments? Just know what they tell you may be lies. Received some great info. from — – read this – “First off, if a […]

#Test #cheating keeps coming

A few reactions to the mounting evidence of test cheating in multiple states. First, is anyone surprised? Two, how much will it take to deligitamize testing regimes once and for all? Three, shame on individual teachers and administrators, regardless of pressure, for caving in such a pathetic way.


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