It’s Déjà vu All Over Again

Charlie DePascale   The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results. (source unkown)  Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. (Santayana) Newman!  (Seinfeld)   This is one of those times when there are so many quotes that describe the situation so wellContinue reading “It’s Déjà vu All Over Again”

The Road to Hell and High-Quality Assessment

    It is said that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.  I fear that those building the road to next generation, high-quality assessments may be using the same construction crew. At the beginning of this month, Secretary King released promised guidance to states as a follow-up to President Obama’s Testing ActionContinue reading “The Road to Hell and High-Quality Assessment”

It’s January. Can Johnny Read?

While we spent the fall waiting for PARCC to set performance standards, NAGB to release NAEP scores, and Congress to reauthorize ESEA, students and teachers across the country were going to school day after day, week after week, month after month.  Now it’s the middle of January and half of the school year is complete. Continue reading “It’s January. Can Johnny Read?”

Don’t Look Back – A Blog Year in Review

  As 2015 comes to an end, it is futile to resist the temptation to reflect briefly on this first year of the Embrace the Absurd blog.  Reflections, after all, are the lifeblood of the blog.  As advertised, the fifteen essays posted in 2015 addressed assessment, accountability, and other important stuff.  There were posts onContinue reading “Don’t Look Back – A Blog Year in Review”