A letter from a New Jersey Superintendent started making the rounds on Friday. The letter included the following: An alert by the state department of education, late at night, that there had been a “test security” breach. An inaccurate allegation by the state official that a picture of a test question had been posted on […]
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This post starts with my response to a question that Larry Ferlazzo asked about formative assessment and that I responded to on his EdWeek blog. There were many excellent responses there, and I urge you to read them here. I’ve expanded that response to look at an example of what won’t work. My first thought is […]
There has been a huge roll-out of technology with the advent of SBAC testing in California (and elsewhere in the country with CCSS testing in all forms). But is this really making education better? Is it making our kids better? Or is it like using Robbie shown above, good for little beyond holding the pretty […]
Sample Items | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium The item above comes from a sample item on the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) website, and it’s supposed to assess the writing of an argument (what used to be called persuasive writing). Click on the image to get a larger view to read the task.
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 […]