It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that test scores are important to the public. Over the last 10 to 15 years, standardized test results have found a home in many hell in a handbasket arguments. The phrase “test scores are flat/low/lagging” is regularly offered as proof of something seriously wrong.
After twenty years I still remember your classroom. You were all so different than I imagined. You look like babies, I thought. You’re all so little. You were obviously stressed out. So fidgety. I heard your frustrated foot-taps all the way from the back of the room.
The standard advice about how to start a blog goes something like this: …find your platform, share your opinion, and focus on ‘great content.’ Hire a proofreader. Use social media. Engage your community. Be yourself.” But those instructions don’t apply at all if you’re starting a blog about assessment.
Looking for work? The standardized testing business may be perfect for you. Ever wondered how to get a job—or a full-blown career—as a K-12 testing professional? A web search probably won’t help you much. Try it. Other than a few resumé-harvesting sites, there isn’t much to find. Until now.
As reported by EdWeek, Vermont’s Board of Education recently adopted a new stance on standardized testing. Despite the nap-inducing title, the content of the Board’s resolution is remarkably fresh.