Posts Tagged ‘Standardized Testing’

Testing’s Perfect Storm, Parent Conference Alternative, Implementation Obstacles

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Complaints about state tests are increasing. Please do what you can in your own small way. Then consider an alternative to parent conferences, and the obstacles for implementing changes. On to the dark side of YouTube, recreating Adam, a review of Time’s Rotten Apples cover, a real world quote, and the world’s fastest rocket bike.

States Listen as Parents Give Rampant Testing an F. In Florida schools dedicate 60 to 80 days a year to standardized testing. @LizetteNYT @nytimes

Do We Need Parent-Teacher Conferences? It looks to me like someone has a better idea. What is your school doing? @rggillespie @Jennifer_Hogan

4 Obstacles to Implementation – Most leaders probably know this, but most should probably review these concepts. See if you can guess what they are. @PeterMDeWitt @educationweek

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Check out my summary of How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens by Benedict Carey. The book summarizes research on learning, much of which educators have yet to implement. Education’s leaders and teachers need to read this book and work to reform the system accordingly. Click the icon at the bottom of any page to get a copy for educators you know.

Social Media in Education: The Dark Side Of YouTube’s Stars – Why have so many of my famous video blogging peers become sexual predators? @delicioussteak @buzzfeed @digg

Learning: Recreating Adam, From Hundreds of Fragments, After the Fall – This is a great story with a video as well. Anyone interested in art should read and watch. @NewYorkTimes11

Leadership: Diane Ravitch’s Review of TIME’s Cover Story on Teacher Tenure The Rotten Apples is offensive to many teachers and causing a lot of noise. Here is an excellent analysis of the story and testing in general. @TechEducator1 @DianeRavitch

Tweets without Links: Real talent requires the real world. @gapingvoid

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff: Man Goes 207 MPH On Rocket-Powered Bicycle. Last week, Francois Gissy strapped rockets to a bicycle and reached 207 MPH in under five seconds. Near the end you get a better look at the bike. @cyrilhuze @digg

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The Myths of Standardized Tests: Why They Don’t Tell You What You Think They Do

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

The Myths of Standardized Tests: Why They Don’t Tell You What You Think They Do by Phillip Harris, Bruce M. Smith, and Joan Harris (with a little help from ten of their friends) is a MUST read.

  • Ⓒ 2011 Published by Rowman & Littlefield: Lanham, MD
  • Summary by Douglas W. Green, EdD – Doug@DrDougGreen.Com
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    Great Video by Yong Zhao

    Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

    Youg is the author of a recent book, Catching-Up or Leading the Way, that takes NCLB to task for its emphasis on standardized testing that has been a problem for China for the last 1,400 years. Thanks to the people at The NewLearning Institute, you can now watch a ten minute video in which Yong explains the essence of his vision regarding education and standardized tests. If you want to get a group of educators or parents talking, just show this at a meeting. You should also consider purchasing Yong’s book.

    Click here for Yong Zhao’s 10 minute video.
    Click here for my summary of Yong’s Book.

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