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There was some point in junior high school when I stopped understanding math. I kept attending class, did the homework, and got good grades. In high school, I took algebra and geometry and then scored well enough on the PSAT, SAT, and ACT to have been recruited by colleges thousands of miles away from my […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]