On a Whim and a Prayer

You win a multi-year contract for a new, innovative state assessment program.  You spend the next six months staffing up, getting the project infrastructure in place, and working with the state to begin the initial design and development process.  A new governor takes office and the assessment program and your contract are canceled immediately. MuchContinue reading “On a Whim and a Prayer”

Ed Reform – The Song That Doesn’t End

This is the song that doesn’t end Yes, it goes on and on my friend. Some people started singing it Not knowing what it was. And they’ll continue singing it forever just because [repeat ad infinitum] Well, folks weren’t too receptive of my attempt to invoke Friedrich Nietzsche in a recent post on Education ReformContinue reading “Ed Reform – The Song That Doesn’t End”

If Only It Were As Simple As Rocket Science

Mark Schneider and Kumar Garg’s recent call for a SpaceX for assessment and the responses to it by Chester Finn and Anne Wicks, prominent among others, highlight the complexities of  large-scale testing and the challenges associated with trying to improve K-12 assessment. Sadly, even if our fractured field were somehow able to address the manyContinue reading “If Only It Were As Simple As Rocket Science”

School’s Out for Summer

School’s out for summer School’s out forever School’s been blown to pieces 2020-2021. The school year like no other is complete and the question of the day is whether the pandemic changed school forever. Has the traditional model of public K-12 education that we all know and hold strong feelings about been blown to pieces?Continue reading “School’s Out for Summer”

Do It Anyway

I have discussed re-imagining assessment and offered cautions to the assessment/educational measurement community as we enter the next once-in-a-generation period of re-imagining and reinventing assessment, particularly large-scale testing.  In this post, I synthesize those thoughts into a straightforward recommendation to the field: When we truly re-imagine assessment, in virtually all cases, we are doing soContinue reading “Do It Anyway”