Stroupe: Mississippi Accountability: Where’s the Growth? Or Science? Or History?

From The Thinking Conservative Blog –  As anyone who has ever had more than a five second conversation with me regarding the purpose of assessment in our schools knows, it is my whole-hearted belief that it should be growth-oriented and used for formative purposes. For all of the somewhat scattered nature of our accountability model […]

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Thinking Conservative:  Criminal Charges for Medical Professionals Openly Supporting Pro-Life Candidates?

A news story with an education tie-in. The names have been changed to protect the innocent…. “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” -Sir John Dalberg-Acton (April 1887) Has anyone seen the new law being proposed trying to silence medical and healthcare workers from having their voices heard politically? The law up for […]

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Thinking Conservative: It’s A Wonderful Life, School Choice, & Sticking Together

GEORGE: Joe, you lived in one of his houses, didn’t you? Well, have you forgotten? Have you forgotten what he charged you for that broken-down shack? Here, Ed. You know, you remember last year when things weren’t going so well, and you couldn’t make your payments. You didn’t lose your house, did you? Do you […]

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THINKING CONSERVATIVE: 2014-2015 MISSISSIPPI ENGLISH II PARCC ASSESSMENT RESULTS RANKED BY SCHOOL

In the same vein as the other assessment results, the following are the PARCC English II assessment results from the 2014-2015 school year ranked by individual school.  Unlike the Algebra I test results, English II results are straight-forward in they only apply to one school since the course and the end-of-course assessment are only taken […]

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THINKING CONSERVATIVE: 2014-2015 MS ALGEBRA I PARCC ASSESSMENT RESULTS RANKED BY SCHOOL

Judging from the interest in the other assessments, I thought perhaps someone might also like to look at the secondary level PARCC end-of-course assessment results for Algebra I. They can be accessed by clicking the following link: 2014-2015 Rankings by MS School – PARCC Alg I Assessment However, more caution should be used in examining […]

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THINKING CONSERVATIVE: FALL 2014-SPRING 2015 MISSISSIPPI KINDERGARTEN READINESS GROWTH RANKINGS BY SCHOOL

I thought some might be interested in examining the statewide growth rankings by individual school for last year’s assessments to measure Kindergarten readiness given at the beginning and the end of the Kindergarten year.  This information can be viewed by clicking on the following link: 2014-2015 Rankings by Growth MS Kindergarten Readiness Assessment by School […]

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The Thinking Conservative Blog: Assessment Data: Best Friend or the Worst Enemy of Efficiency & Instruction

I like data.  There I said it, and I am well aware of how odd that statement might make me sound.  But, I do enjoy working with assessment data in regards to schools and student achievement.  Accurate assessment data used wisely for this purpose is both exciting and invigorating in the valuable information which can […]

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