What Hath Been, What Will Be

There’s nothing new under the sun.AI scoring is always lurking at the edges of assessment talk. Because scoring depends on human labor, and is therefore expensive. Wouldn’t it be great to automate scoring, eliminate human workers, and save a ton of money?Erik Robelen at Curriculum Matters brings up the not surprising results of a study […]

Send in the Clowns

This story, about the list of topics banned from New York state tests, was the circus show last week: In a bizarre case of political correctness run wild, educrats have banned references to “dinosaurs,” “birthdays,” “Halloween” and dozens of other topics on city-issued tests. I couldn’t help commenting that it’s like complaining about a fleabite when […]

Rush to Judgment?

Not such great news from Paul Fain at Inside Higher Ed: Large numbers of community college students are being placed into remedial courses they don’t need, according to new studies that questions the value of the two primary standardized tests two-year colleges use to place students: the COMPASS and the ACCUPLACER. I find this news […]

File Under: All Roads Lead to Rome, Cross-Referenced to Mandatory Reading

The book every K-12 content developer–assessment and curriculum–should read is Tested: One American School Struggles to Make the Grade, which was recommended to me by a colleague and likeminded comrade in quality assessment content development, Carmen, a senior level genius expert at Anonymous Testing Company.To say that the tests administered yearly at grades 3-8 (inclusive) […]

No News Yet

We’re all waiting to see what Arne Duncan is going to do, and whether NCLB is going to be reauthorized, revamped, or kicked to the curb. Looks like we’ll be waiting for a little while yet. Asked if he will push for passage of a new version of NCLB, Duncan says that he first wants […]