• 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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  • 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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  • 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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