Category Archives: Assessment

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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