Posts tagged with accountability

What if we reduced testing, and focused on teacher created assessments?

October21

The case for this (from three testing experts: MT: What is your advice on the right balance between validity and reliability, especially if we want to embrace the goals implicit in the Common Core? HE: I think the importance of reliability has been overblown. BL: I agree it is less important than comparability and validity and fairness.  It [...]

Render unto Caesar…

July8

I’m not a Christian, but like many concerned with social justice issues, I find the Bible, especially the New Testament books related to the life of Jesus, an invaluable resource for handy quotes, and aphorisms. Render unto Caesar is one of my favorite quotes when dealing with demanding bureaucracies/bureaucrats,  Kafkaesque requirements, or any of the [...]

Meet the new boss…

August16

I know he won’t be the same as the old boss, who had come up through the ranks, so we had the advantage of knowing exactly what we were getting. In many ways, it was the same direction we’d been going a long time. Not every decision has been a “winner”, but my current district [...]

Testing, testing…

December9

DONE FOREVER from mr. nightshades photostream Testing, it is the only objective criteria for assessment isn’t it? How can you be sure that students have “gotten” it if they can spit it back up on a test three months later? How can a test be fair if kids use aids like a calculator, how do [...]

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Howdy! I teach sixth grade at an elementary school in Sacramento, CA. I started my career in Oakland, Ca, and moved here to Sacramento in 2001.

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  1. To reflect on how I am teaching, and how effective my practices are;
  2. To reflect on my profession, and how effective various practices are;
  3. To understand the political and cultural context that we teach in; and,
  4. To network with other like-minded educators.

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