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School Assessment

It's Time to Abandon Our Rube Goldberg Accountability Contraptions

Mark A. Elgart | Posted 07.29.2014 | Education
Mark A. Elgart

The preoccupation with students' test scores have sometimes masked -- rather than illuminated -- causes of the real problems confronting our schools.

Stop the Education "Blame Game": Let's Get Real About Accountability

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 06.17.2012 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

If we want our teachers to succeed, we need to stop blaming them and offer new habits. Transforming our schools will demand real resources and real reform built on a commitment to change some of our behaviors.

We're Not Accredited and We're Proud of It

Diane Gayeski, Ph.D. | Posted 06.17.2012 | College
Diane Gayeski, Ph.D.

What separates a "real" college from a fly-by-night diploma mill? One of the ways in which colleges and universities are vetted is by accreditation. But accreditation comes in many flavors.

Evaluating Bloomberg School Reform -- Do You Want to Buy the Brooklyn Bridge?

Alan Singer | Posted 01.03.2012 | Education
Alan Singer

According to CUNY college tests, only 1.1 percent of the New Height Academy's graduates were actually prepared to do college level work without remediation. This is for a charter school that received a grade of "A" from New York City Department of Education assessors.

Wisconsin Teachers Union: Yes To School Accountability, No To Scott Walker

Posted 09.21.2011 | Education

Wisconsin's largest teacher union announced Friday that it is declining Gov. Scott Walker's invitation for the group to take part in a task force look...

What Parents Aren't Asked in School Surveys -- and Why

Alfie Kohn | Posted 07.23.2011 | Education
Alfie Kohn

The more we're asked to offer feedback about how well the school is doing x, the less apt we are to ask why x is being done in the first place, and what might be done instead.

The Cause and Effect Delusion in School Assessment

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Steve Nelson

Perhaps the greatest fallacy in educational assessment is the nearly unchallenged idea that you can judge the quality of the process by the product.