Category Archives: Testing

halfway out, and still fighting the bad rap

Halfway through the sixty days’ resignation to retirement, I’m thinking about the posts I’ve written as a map of where my mind has been. Surprised that I’m still reflecting so much on teaching–still infuriated over new teacher evaluation systems and … Continue reading

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high stakes testing: stone walled vs. living stones

High-stakes testing really makes my blood boil. (If you’ve kindly read the past few posts: Can you tell?) More than that. It makes my stomach turn. A good student (summa cum laude graduate), I was a lousy test taker—a tried-and-true … Continue reading

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testing tunnel vision

Surprised to see the head high school guidance counselor walk into my classroom on a particular February morning, I was immediately puffed up when he explained the reason for his arrival, delivering, in hushed tones, a confidential message. A young … Continue reading

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tests and measurements–what’s valid?

No apologies. Certified psychology teacher that I am, this post, nevertheless, does not pretend to use “invalid” in its psychometric sense. No concern here with validity or reliability of test measurements, either. No. This post makes an argument about the … Continue reading

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