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Any Standardised Test is Inauthentic?


‘Any standardised test is inauthentic and that you do not need to test in order to assess’…Provocative, ain’t it? Before you read on, let me say that this post, like some [not all] of the other posts on this blog, is an attempt to provide the readers of this blog with a range of opinions […]

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Using Standardised Tests for Accountability?


Are standardised and large scale tests a credible means to measure progress toward ‘reforms?’ It sounds immediately attractive as one. Yet, raising the stakes for large scale standardised tests has not been without its cons. The field of psychometrics owes itself to the attempts to find a way out of the formidable problems presented by […]

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More than 200 D.C. teachers fired – D.C. Schools Insider – The Washington Post


This is to just keep following the rapidly changing policies about teachers in the U.S.  and their consequences. This blog will be on the look out for how these teacher policies will travel [whether or not] to other countries via ‘travelling reforms.’ [See the previous posts under this category as well.] They were dismissed for […]

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Teaching Candidates Aplenty, but the Jobs Are Few – NYTimes.com


Teaching Candidates Aplenty, but the Jobs Are Few – NYTimes.com. All over the United States, the teacher education programs are under pressure because of the insufficient funds to hire newly trained teachers.  The article cited above describes the plight of graduates of teacher education programs from renowned teacher education schools in the United States, such […]

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Education Week: States Continue Push to Toughen Teacher Policies


Education Week: States Continue Push to Toughen Teacher Policies. So it is not just MI, but what appears to be a nationwide overhaul of teacher tenure laws.  To me it also looks like happening at the end of a well orchestrated campaign.  It is perhaps no coincidence that these measures by more than a dozen […]

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Career ladders and all that…in teaching!


Several years ago, I had a long conversation with a colleague about career ladders.  I had just read Dan C. Lortie’s “Schoolteacher: A Sociological Study.” Lortie had argued that teaching was an un-staged career.  That is to say, it lacked a progression of stages through which a teacher could expect to advance.  Teachers’ responsibilities did […]

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