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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Koonlaba: What do you think about the kindergarten controversy?

In “The Kindergarten Dilemma,” Judy Smizik reflects on her thirty-five years as a Kindergarten teacher. She asserts, “Kindergarten exposed children to the world around them through creative experiences that incorporated the arts, rich literature, and meaningful learning. It addressed the needs of the “whole” child.  Kindergarten programs were developed to allow for the differences that naturally occur in […]

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7 Hidden Truths of Testing, #7: The Worship of Testing Undermines Real Solutions

By James Comans Welcome to the last of “7 Hidden Truths of Testing.”  Today, I’d like to take a look at the consequences of trusting too much in the power of standardized testing.  Hidden Truth #7: The worship of testing undermines real solutions Testing doesn’t actually fix anything. Assessment is useful information. It’s valuable for […]

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Let’s Tackle Testing: 3 reasons to read Todd Farley’s “Making the Grades”

By James Comans Standardized testing is a huge issue in American education today. Big Testing companies are so heavily involved in influencing policy that sooner or later, Mississippi parents, educators, and lawmakers will have to discuss it. For real. Right now, we’re fighting over funding for our schools, but eventually, we’re going to have to talk […]

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