Why Literature Matters: Part 1, or What Trollope Says About Assessment

I’m not sure I want to know anyone in this industry who hasn’t at some time or another experienced a crisis of conscience. Humans seek meaning in our work, and unless we are psychopaths, we generally prefer doing good rather than evil. When we have a choice that doesn’t much inconvenience us. Why do our […]

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) […]

My Dream Project

Sometimes I amuse myself by thinking of fun little work projects I would like to do. My dream projects. A few years ago, I read about a study in Florida which got me thinking about developing some kind of pre-testing curriculum. (Testing isn’t going to go away. Nor should it, entirely. Whenever anyone waves the […]