• New Research Reviewed in Forbes Magazine

    Saturday, March 2nd, 2024
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    Great to see my latest article with co-author Jamil Maroun on predicting Algebra 1 standardized test scores picked up by @Forbes magazine: https://lnkd.in/epB3W953 Standardized tests are not measuring student learning or their potential to learn. The results can be predicted …

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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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  • 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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