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    Christopher H. Tienken, Ed.D

    Christopher Tienken, Ed.D. is an associate professor of leadership, management, and policy and education consultant. He has public school administration experience as a PK-12 assistant superintendent, middle school principal, director of curriculum and instruction, and elementary school assistant principal. He began his career in education as an elementary school teacher. Tienken is currently the editor of the American Association of School Administrators Journal of Scholarship and Practice and the Kappa Delta Pi Record.

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  • Students Are Partners-Not Clients

    Sunday, August 14th, 2016
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    Much of the school reform marketing revolves around the idea of treating parents and students like consumers: “Students and parents are our clients” is a rallying cry heard throughout the education-reform market. One underlying tenet of treating students and parents …

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  • Don’t Be Fooled: Complexity Versus

    Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
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    Complexity Versus Difficulty: Don’t Be Fooled             The vendors and supporters of the Common Core State Standards claim that the Standards require greater emphasis on higher-order thinking than previous state standards in mathematics and English language arts. But what is …

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  • Common Core Complexity

    Saturday, November 7th, 2015
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    The Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics have been advertised by their vendors, the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), as being superior to previous …

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  • Predictable Results

    Thursday, May 7th, 2015
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    Colleagues and I used US Census data to predict state test results in mathematics and language arts as part of various research projects we have been conducting over the last three years. Specifically, we predicted the percentage of students at …

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  • New Jersey Legislators Need to Stand up

    Thursday, February 12th, 2015
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    By Christopher Tienken, Ed.D. and Julia Sass Rubin, Ph.D. The first administration of the experimental new PARCC high-stakes standardized tests is only weeks away and parents are increasingly concerned. Hundreds of families have notified their school districts that their children …

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