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Scare Tactics

During a recent professional development meeting, I was struck by what the district assessment coordinator said. Her objective was to train all of us teachers as test administrators for the standardized tests coming up.  110 more words

Testing teaching or teaching to the test?

It’s been a while since I’ve posted mainly because I have been bogged down with so much non-teaching work that is required of me as a teacher, that I have spent my few free hours doing as close to nothing as I can. 746 more words


Left Behind

At the sound of the buzzer, they all jumped up and quickly exited the classroom, they couldn’t wait to get out of there. Someone shut the lights off and the room was left dimly lit from a few small windows high on the far wall.  569 more words


Creating ...

“Everything that can be invented has been invented.”

This quotation, attributed to Charles Holland Duell, commissioner of the U.S. Patent Office from 1898 to 1901, has often been used to ridicule the notion that the product of human inventiveness was finite – and that we had reached its point of exhaustion. 731 more words

Education Policy

"If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."

Would it surprise you to learn that your great, great, grandparents probably fell subject to the same kind of standardized testing that is used in today’s education system? 573 more words


Why standardized test scores are virtually useless to teachers

I spent the better part of the morning on Friday reviewing my student’s standardized test scores and here is what I learned:

  • My 2013/14 8th graders scored generally better than my 2012/13 8th graders in English Language Arts…
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