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 […]

Rule Number One

…is that you gotta have fun.Every craft, art, skill, vocation–every discipline–comes with rules. Call them procedures, steps, processes–there’s a set of knowledge that must be acquired and then applied over and over.The path to mastery is1. learn the rules2. practice following the rules3. make mistakes4. get corrected5. do it over6. repeat eleventy gazillion times Until […]

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) […]