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How To Select The Best Assessment

David B. Nast | Posted 12.02.2016 | Home
David B. Nast

Assessments can help you evaluate candidates, develop employees, and give you confidence and accuracy in the selection and development of talent that ...

The Need For People Data

David B. Nast | Posted 11.07.2016 | Home
David B. Nast

People-related issues can tear apart a company, eroding even the most solid foundation built on the best products or services. On the talent acquisit...

Assessing Doesn't Mean Testing

Alan Singer | Posted 10.24.2016 | Home
Alan Singer

The U.S. Department of Education, Congress, the last two presidents, and textbook and test publishing companies are in love with high-stakes multiple-choice standardized tests.

7 Ways To Put The "I" Back In T.E.A.M and Achieve Success

Kingsley Grant | Posted 10.21.2016 | Home
Kingsley Grant

How often have you heard that T.E.A.M don't have an "I" in it? Without thinking about it, we quickly agree. It sounds good. It is cute. It is catch...

De-Grading: Why Do Schools Use Grades That Teach Nothing?

Jonathan Lash | Posted 09.24.2016 | Home
Jonathan Lash

The survey also revealed long-term benefits of narrative evaluations. One alum, now a professor, said grades don't mean much at the large university where she's teaching. "Narrative evaluations mean more to students and say more about them," she wrote.

Keep Up the Good Work (To Keep Up the Good Outcomes)

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 07.28.2016 | Home
Robert E. Slavin

I just read an outstanding study that contains a hard but crucially important lesson. The study, by Woodbridge et al. (2014), evaluated a behavior man...

Does Research Based Reform Require Standardized Tests?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.16.2016 | Home
Robert E. Slavin

Whenever I speak about evidence-based reform someone always asks this question: "Won't all of these randomized evaluations just reinforce teaching to ...

How to pick CEOs when you have skin in the game

Jeffrey M Cohn | Posted 06.08.2016 | Home
Jeffrey M Cohn

We got curious recently about how private equity partners--widely considered financial engineers and quant jocks--choose CEOs after they acquire a company. Do they have a more scientific, rigorous methodology than the typical board of directors?

Is Testing Creating a Toxic Culture in Schools?

Ossa Fisher | Posted 05.16.2016 | Home
Ossa Fisher

Sometimes I wonder if the standardized testing we do in many of our schools today does just that: judges fish on their climbing ability. Many assessments evaluate unnecessary academic skills that have no basis in determining if a child is ready to move on to the next level of learning.

"Pray" for Success: How to Take the Guesswork Out of Social Finance

Jason Saul | Posted 05.12.2016 | Home
Jason Saul

We believe that the future of SIBs and social finance is brighter than ever. But if we are to create a true social capital market, we must be more rigorous, intentional and outcomes-driven than the current approaches.

Bad Hiring Is A Choice

David B. Nast | Posted 05.18.2016 | Home
David B. Nast

A mistake made once can be learned from. A mistake made twice is a choice. How many times have you interviewed a candidate you thought walked on wat...

Elections and Assessments -- A Citizens' View

Harry Boyte | Posted 05.03.2016 | Home
Harry Boyte

In our "Bridging Differences" conversation on Education Week, Deborah Meier raised the role of "structures" in a democratic way of life in her last blog. She brings to mind my discussions with students at Lonestar Community College in Houston last week.

I'm Opting Out of Opt-Out

Shannon Sevier | Posted 02.29.2016 | Home
Shannon Sevier

Mass opt-out comes at a real cost to the goals of educational equity and individual student achievement while leaving the question of assessment quality unanswered.

Supporting Great Teaching During Change

Teach Plus | Posted 11.03.2016 | Home
Teach Plus

The adoption of college and career ready standards now invite the questions: How do teachers, students, and families know students are meeting these higher standards? What expectations have been communicated to teachers about what students should be able to do with what they have learned?

How Moral Reasoning in Business Can Provide You with the Best Course of Action - Part 1

Tom Garrubba | Posted 09.04.2016 | Home
Tom Garrubba

Though I am not a psychologist, I have spent many years managing teams, leading projects, and advising people - experiences that have helped me realiz...

High-Stakes Assessment the Right Way!

Kathy Nimmer | Posted 07.24.2016 | Home
Kathy Nimmer

Nacho and I will graduate, and we did not even take a standardized test, but boy-oh-boy do I know what he knows and is able to do.

The Master Storyteller: How Changing Your Stories Can Change Your Future

Rachel Verlik | Posted 06.14.2016 | Home
Rachel Verlik

How many of us tell ourselves stories? Not the bedtime kind, nor the perfect crafted happy ending kind. I'm talking about our own internal stories t...

Why Going Slow Will Make You Go Faster

Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells) | Posted 06.15.2015 | Home
Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells)

When we start to move too fast, we often do not see what we need to see. It is important to move slow enough to make the necessary corrections as they come up. If not, we end up spending more time because we need to go back fixing things that have gone astray.

Test Smarter

Teach Plus | Posted 06.15.2015 | Home
Teach Plus

Annual testing is valuable, but students deserve a system that protects them from unnecessary, redundant tests. Congress should ensure that the SMART Act is included in the final ESEA bill that it sends to the president, because this will make us all smarter educators and give us additional time to make our students learn smarter.

As ESEA Turns 50, the Fate of Our Most Vulnerable Students Hangs in the Balance

Teach Plus | Posted 06.14.2015 | Home
Teach Plus

An important part of the answer of why we test is this: to provide useful data for teachers about students' progress. I use data from my students' assessments to inform and improve my instruction so that my students learn more, and so that, in turn, I grow as a professional.

Grade-Span Tests Are Not the Answer

Teach Plus | Posted 06.07.2015 | Home
Teach Plus

Congress can ensure a better future for our kids by reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with language that empowers schools to limit redundant benchmarking assessments, maintains annual standardized tests for third through eighth grade, and changes the stakes to offer more support to teachers serving students with the greatest needs.

Student Progress and Teacher Improvement through State Annual Testing

Teach Plus | Posted 05.23.2015 | Home
Teach Plus

The Common Core State Standards would ensure that Brandon would be not fall "behind" if his family needed to move to another state. But having high standards like CCSS is not enough. The standards must go hand-in-hand with high-quality annual assessments that provide data for Brandon's teachers wherever he happens to attend school.

Yearly Testing: A Must-Have for Teachers

Teach Plus | Posted 05.05.2015 | Home
Teach Plus

If grade-span testing were to take the place of annual assessments, educators like myself would lose a critical source of data to help us identify the needs of students and make use of every learning moment.

The New Gender Divide in Education

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 05.04.2015 | Home
Andreas Schleicher

While many countries can claim victory in having closed gender gaps in the knowledge and skills of boys and girls, we may have lost sight of important social and emotional dimensions of learning that may be far more predictive for the future life choices of children.

If We Are Not Growing Students, Why Teach?

Teach Plus | Posted 05.04.2015 | Home
Teach Plus

If we're to meet the education goals we have set as a nation, if we are committed to liberty and justice for all, and if each student is to meet their individual goals, we need assessment as part of the NCLB reauthorization that is now debated by Congress. Only then will we have a critical tool necessary to help us move forward and grow our students. Otherwise, why teach?