How Can We Test Better?

All or nothing, good vs. evil, black or white thinking is rarely useful or accurate. No surprise when that’s true of testing. While of testing I might say, in the immortal words of Marianne Moore, that I, too, dislike it, I don’t dislike all of it all of the time. Some testing is necessary. We don’t […]

Bad Teacher

You may have heard the gotcha NPR story about lighting a fire under teachers by giving them a bonus and threatening to take it away if students didn’t show measurable improvements in math: The teachers were given a bonus of $4,000 upfront — but it had a catch. If student math performance didn’t improve, teachers […]

Incentive or Punishment?

I would rather think of it as incentive. But I like to look on the bright side. You know that in 2006, Florida came out with a policy of linking teacher pay to student test scores. On the surface it might sound reasonable, but you have to roll back the carpet on this one to […]