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?”

Run, Forrest, Run!

As the final states release results from the spring 2015 Smarter Balanced and PARCC assessments, this post is a look back at a June 2010 presentation to CCSSO Technical Isssues in Large-Scale Assessment (TILSA) members on lessons learned from my involvement with the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP).  The presentation was titled, Lessons LearnedContinue reading “Run, Forrest, Run!”

One in a Million, A Million to One

Interpreting Individual Student Performance on a Large-scale Assessment This is the third, and final, installment in a series of three posts based on a workshop presented in April 2015 at the annual conference of the New England Educational Research Organization. Across the land, there is a call for state assessments to provide more, better, andContinue reading “One in a Million, A Million to One”

Shall we dance? The final steps in implementing a new assessment program

Charlie DePascale As Smarter Balanced, PARCC, and the other new college- and career-ready assessments proceed through their first operational administration, one might assume that all of the difficult design and development decisions are well behind them.  In reality, we are entering the final, and often most harrowing phase of the test design process.  Despite allContinue reading “Shall we dance? The final steps in implementing a new assessment program”

Psychometrician, Do No Harm

Charlie DePascale (Prepared for presentation on April 18, 2015 at the NCME annual conference in Chicago, IL) Last fall, I was asked to participate in a panel discussion, responding to questions from teachers on the broad topic of making use of assessments and data from assessments in the classroom. Over the course of the winter andContinue reading “Psychometrician, Do No Harm”