When Everything Goes South

Bad news in Florida. Preliminary results released Monday indicate that just 27 percent of fourth-graders earned a passing score of 4.0 or better (out of 6) on the writing test. A year ago, 81 percent scored 4.0 or better. . . . Passing scores plummeted from 81 percent to 27 percent for fourth-graders and showed similar […]

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 […]

Poppycock, Folderal, Nonsense

. . . in the immortal words of Todd Farley. About a week ago, someone sent me a link to an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times by Todd Farley, author of Making the Grades: My Misadventures in the Standardized Testing Industry. Farley’s experiences aren’t unique. Like Farley, I am a writer who sort […]