Category Archives: Assessment

Whereto Data Literacy?

Over the past decade, there has been increased attention to the idea that students should learn how to make sense of data and use it in decision-making. It could be the next new big thing in education, hot on the … Continue reading

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Lord Kelvin’s Hogwash

As I was reading this morning I ran across this: As the great nineteenth-century mathematical physicist Lord Kelvin famously said, “If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it.” We need real-time data to understand our performance: are we getting … Continue reading

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Schools As Watershed Systems

How do we measure progress as we improve schools? In a blog post this past week¬†week Brian Drayton noted that while you can look at the improvement in performance of a business by looking at its bottom line, this doesn’t … Continue reading

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Smarter Balanced Cut Points – What’s With That?

The lead article in the December 3 Education Week¬†announces that the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) — the organization that will provide high stakes assessments for English / language Arts (ELA) and mathematics in Maine and 21 other states — … Continue reading

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