Don’t Go There, Charlie

  In 2017, I shared an idea for a post with my small circle of confidants. The response was immediate and unanimous, “Don’t go there, Charlie.” Last year, I shared the same idea with a wider circle of family and colleagues and again, “Don’t go there, Charlie.”  But with the world already turned upside downContinue reading “Don’t Go There, Charlie”

Admissions & Assessment

Everything We Know About College Admissions and Assessment From A to A   Charlie DePascale Several of my recent posts since have been related either directly,  indirectly, peripherally, or exasperatingly to college admissions testing.  That got me thinking about what we actually know about assessment and its role in the college admissions process. Having experienced theContinue reading “Admissions & Assessment”

State Assessment and High School

A Square Peg for a Round Hole Charlie DePascale We have reached a stalemate. It has been nearly five years since ESSA and the assessment flexibility it offered to states, particularly at the high school level, became law.  Next week, we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the release and almost immediate and universal adoption ofContinue reading “State Assessment and High School”

The All-Decade Team – State Assessment Version

  As we begin the 2020s, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the state assessment moments that defined the 2010s Charlie DePascale Last week, the New England Patriots announced their all-decade team for the 2010s.  The Patriots release was quickly followed by local media offering their own selections of all-decade teamsContinue reading “The All-Decade Team – State Assessment Version”

If a Tree Falls, is Johnny Proficient?

The loss of state assessment results in the wake of COVID-19 does not have to mean a loss of information about student proficiency Charlie DePascale Given that the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting nearly all aspects of our lives, it is not a surprise that it has brought a critical nationwide, federally mandated data collection effortContinue reading “If a Tree Falls, is Johnny Proficient?”

Is this person college-and-career ready?

    Charlie DePascale Now that the administration has dropped efforts to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, perhaps there is space on the form for the proficiency question, “Is this person college-and-career ready?”  For persons 18 and under, the question would be, “Is this person on track to college-and-career readiness?” Think aboutContinue reading “Is this person college-and-career ready?”

IASA – Refreshing our Memory

Charlie DePascale This year marks the 25th anniversary of the 1994 reauthorization of ESEA, known as the Improving America’s Schools Act (IASA).  Throughout the year, I will explore how various aspects of that law shaped my career, educational assessment and accountability, and K-12 education, in general. All of this will be done, of course, withContinue reading “IASA – Refreshing our Memory”