• 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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  • Support More Teaching and Less Testing

    Wednesday, May 17th, 2023
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    Christopher Tienken and Julie Borst Large-scale annual standardized testing has been federal public school policy for over 20 years. During that time billions of dollars of taxpayer monies have been spent to design, purchase, administer, and score the various tests …

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  • Academic Redlining

    Thursday, May 4th, 2023
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    Findings from AASA’s “The American Superintendent: 2020 Decennial Study” suggest that superintendents are more often the ones leading discussions about educational equity in their school communities. But educational equity also was found to be one of tasks that superintendents engaged in the …

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  • Shelving Standardized Tests

    Sunday, February 14th, 2021
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    In previous writings I detailed some of the issues associated with using results from state standardized tests and most other commercial standardized testing products to draw conclusions about student learning, teacher effectiveness, and the overall quality of schools. In this …

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  • Testimony on Standardized Testing

    Tuesday, May 14th, 2019
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    May 14, 2019 New Jersey Joint Committee on the Public Schools Comments on State Assessments, Equity, and Accountability Submitted by Christopher H. Tienken, EdD Associate Professor of Education Leadership, Management, and Policy Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ Good morning …

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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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