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”

A cautionary tale

Charlie DePascale Earlier this month I traveled to Lawrence, Kansas to attend the NCME special conference on the confluence of classroom assessment and large-scale psychometrics. In a panel discussion titled, “I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore” Kristen Huff, Karen Barton, Paul Nichols, and I shared the perspective that when bringing together classroom assessmentContinue reading “A cautionary tale”