A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
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It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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When the test results are right – but wrong
Monday, 1 Aug, 2011 – 13:53 | Comments Off
When the test results are right – but wrong

I’ll say this about our first adventure in standardized testing land: Big Guy’s results from the spring exam dovetailed perfectly with his performance in the classroom. I’m just not sure that either indicator is accurate.
In …

What I will never tell the guys about state testing
Tuesday, 12 Apr, 2011 – 11:14 | Comments Off
What I will never tell the guys about state testing

The guys go to a school that ends at second grade, though the weight of the entire student body has been thrown behind this week’s state testing.
The kindergarteners made posters supporting the second graders – …

An evaluation by numbers isn’t really an evaluation
Monday, 20 Sep, 2010 – 22:21 | Comments Off
An evaluation by numbers isn’t really an evaluation

Evaluation: An interview between a manager and an employee, which allows the manager to judge how well the employee is doing the job.
Now that we have the dictionary definition out of the way, let’s move …

Looking for a true “progress report” for the guys
Tuesday, 20 Oct, 2009 – 12:33 | Comments Off
Looking for a true “progress report” for the guys

Funny how an off-hand comment from three decades ago can stick with you, its implications changing over time.
For me, the comment came during the summer between sixth and seventh grade, when I was visiting the …

Creating education road kill in the ‘Race to the Top’
Tuesday, 28 Jul, 2009 – 0:50 | Comments Off
Creating education road kill in the ‘Race to the Top’

Aw, you knew it was coming.
You just knew that Arne Duncan, the reigning monarch of merit pay and cheerleader in chief for charter schools, was going to find some state somewhere to some how make …

Develop a national test before deciding what to teach is backward
Monday, 22 Jun, 2009 – 20:01 | 2 Comments
Develop a national test before deciding what to teach is backward

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s plan to start developing a national test before anyone’s even come up with national standards is far worse that putting the cart before the horse.
It’s more like hitching up Secretariat …

Welcome to the era of the national standardized test – for real this time
Wednesday, 18 Feb, 2009 – 3:28 | Comments Off
Welcome to the era of the national standardized test – for real this time

Did Education Secretary Arne Duncan just accomplish in mere weeks what the past two presidents couldn’t pull off in 16 years?
Look deep into a Tuesday New York Times article, far below all the “gee, isn’t …

Just what we need — another standardized test
Thursday, 23 Oct, 2008 – 11:28 | Comments Off
Just what we need — another standardized test

I love Gaston Caperton. I really do.
When he said he was going to be an education governor, he meant it. He’s had a life-long commitment to improving schools, not only in the rich districts — …

Evaluate teachers more on caterpillars, less on tests
Friday, 3 Oct, 2008 – 10:35 | Comments Off
Evaluate teachers more on caterpillars, less on tests

I suspect “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” isn’t included on the New York City Department of Education’s standardized tests.

In which case I’m very glad Big Guy’s kindergarten teacher doesn’t live in New York, which decided this week to make students’ standardized test scores a factor in “measuring teacher performance.”

Too bad for the Big Apple. The road to educational hell is paved with bubble tests, and this is another giant leap down the wrong path.

And too bad for kids like Big Guy, whose earliest exposure to education is built too much around memorization in preparation for the bubble tests they’ll learn to obsess about by the time they’re in second grade.