A Great Deal Done Imperfectly

Better a little which is well done, than a great deal imperfectly.–PlatoIn my last post, I may have given the impression that editors have more power than they do, and that perhaps that they have time to consider the ramifications of failing to provide all the necessities, or that they are willfully negligent. Salaried as […]

Speaking of Language, Cross-Referenced to Value-Added

Some item writers love multiple-choice language items; some hate them. I pitch my tent in the former category. Several years ago, I wrote all of the language items (writing conventions and writing strategies) that appeared on multiple parallel forms of a statewide high school exit examination.  Language items may be either standalone or passage-dependent. The […]

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 […]