Archive for testing SmartBlogs

It wasn’t that long ago that suggesting America’s schools had become test-obsessed was a lonely endeavor. Although organizations like FairTest and campaigns like Time Out From Testing have been decrying the flawed logic behind high-stakes tests for years, the reality is that for the past decade, many of us kept our complaints reserved for the privacy of the parking lot.[…] Continue Reading »

After spending the better part of last week in staff development sessions for my year-round middle school, I’ve come to a painful realization: Schools — and the parents, practitioners, principals, and policymakers who support them — have a dysfunctional relationship with answers.

“What kinds of patterns can we find in the wrong answers that students gave on the end of grade exams?” we ask at the beginning of every school year.[…] Continue Reading »

Money matters, but it’s not the main reason people quit their jobs, according to one study of Canadian workers. “What managers fail to perceive is that ‘push factors,’ mostly within their own power, are the initial stimuli – the first causes – that that open the door to the ‘pull’ of outside opportunities,” said Jeff Aplin, executive vice president of David Aplin Recruiting.[…] Continue Reading »