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  • PISA is Coming! And It Does Not Matter

    Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
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    Sound the alarm bells! The results from the international PISA test are coming! The public education sky will fall once again in December 2016 with the release of the results from the 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). As …

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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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  • PARKING the RHETORIC on PARCC

    Saturday, January 24th, 2015
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    Some people have tried to categorize me as anti-standards and anti-testing. I am not “anti” standards and testing, I am pro-evidence. The empirical evidence simply does not support the use of one-size-fits-all curriculum standards and high stakes testing as effective …

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  • Charter High Schools & SAT: What Do

    Saturday, December 20th, 2014
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    CLAIMS Charter schools are marketed to the public as incubators of innovation offering superior levels of student achievement and college and career readiness when compared to traditional public schools. Charter school expansion is supported by some policy makers and bureaucrats …

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  • SAT as Poor Indicator of School & T

    Friday, December 12th, 2014
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    The New Jersey Department of Education recently released the “menu” of standardized tests that high school students can use to satisfy the archaic exit-exam policy that governs New Jersey high school graduation. The menu includes things like PARCC tests for …

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  • TRICK or TREAT TESTING NJDOE STYLE

    Friday, October 31st, 2014
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    Its Halloween, so that means its time for a spooky, scary message from the NJDOE about the evils of opting out of PARCC testing and how school superintendents need to put on their scary faces when parents bring up the …

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