Another Term Bites The Dust

Florida Man Steals $33,000 Worth of Rare Coins, Cashes Them in for $29.30 Florida Man Fire Bombs Garage That Impounded His Car, Hits His Own Vehicle Florida Man Bastardizes The Term Progress Monitoring We have come to expect, even look forward to, the zany “news” stories that begin with the two-word phrase, “Florida Man.” AtContinue reading “Another Term Bites The Dust”

Making Meaning from Mean Differences

There are few constants in this quickly- and ever-changing world. One of those, however, has been that there will be group differences on state tests, and those differences will be quite predictable. So, we find group differences in mean scores on the state test. Differences that we knew that we would find, the very sameContinue reading “Making Meaning from Mean Differences”

Are You There Data? It’s Me, Charlie

It’s pretty much impossible to engage with any media platform on any topic without someone telling you, “The data speak for themselves!”  or perhaps the less pedantic, “The data speaks for itself!”  Often, that message is being delivered by a trusted authority like rock star Dr. Fauci (lately, very often). Other times, it may beContinue reading “Are You There Data? It’s Me, Charlie”

Shove Those Deficits Up Your Assets

I have seen the light!  Praise be the ivory tower, I have seen the light! Enough already with talk of learning loss, achievement gaps, and labels like substantially below proficient. Cast off the cloak of deficits and wrap yourself in the warmth of potential and growth. I confess that it took me too long toContinue reading “Shove Those Deficits Up Your Assets”

Seeking Comparability in an Incomparable Year

The past year has been a year like no other. We experienced a summer like no other, a World Series like no other, an election like no other, followed by a Thanksgiving, Christmas, Presidential Inauguration, and Super Bowl like no other. How can we possibly expect to produce comparable state test results in this schoolContinue reading “Seeking Comparability in an Incomparable Year”

The Three Ps of State Testing

We are all familiar with the Three Rs, reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic, which have been the focus of federally-mandated assessment and accountability systems for the this first quarter of the 21st century. Those actually involved in education in the 21st century undoubtedly also have intimate knowledge of the Four Cs (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity),Continue reading “The Three Ps of State Testing”

Too Much of a Good Thing

If asked to identify the biggest successes of the Education Reform movement over the past two decades I would have to put selling the importance of disaggregating data at or near the top of my list.  Acceptance and adoption of the practice of disaggregating data is well beyond what one might expect from mere complianceContinue reading “Too Much of a Good Thing”