Give NAEP A Chance

Followers of this blog over the past few years may recall that I have been just a tad critical of NAEP, on occasion, for their interminable process of analysis and reporting, and their obsessive clinging to a trendline that serves as both their raison d’etre and a noose around their necks.   In this through-the-looking-glass year,Continue reading “Give NAEP A Chance”

Measure Twice, Model Once

As states and their assessment contractors prepare for the possible resumption of state assessment programs in spring 2021, one critical question being considered is how, or even whether, to link results from the spring 2021 tests to the last-administered spring 2019 tests; or to put it more generally, what equating procedures should be used toContinue reading “Measure Twice, Model Once”

The People You Meet

You meet a lot of people over the course of a 30-year career – even if you do skip most of the group dinners and all of the receptions.  If you are lucky, there are a few close friends and perhaps a mentor or two. At the other end of the continuum, there are so manyContinue reading “The People You Meet”


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“Man stands face to face with the irrational. He feels within him his longing for happiness and for reason. The absurd is born of this confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world.” – Albert Camus

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