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Thoughts on the California Achievement Test

You all know that I am a big fan of authentic assessments, such as portfolios, and I always have been. I do, however, believe that there is a time and a place for testing. I was never a fan of the FCAT, and that is not a surprise to any of my peeps who have [...]

Ah, FCAT Time Again

Why does the mention of the FCAT strike so many intense emotions in people? Could it be because the media hype has gotten to all of us? Are we downright tired of hearing about it? Saddened by the fact that teachers and students have to spend so much time thinking about it (and worrying about) [...]

Think Standardized Testing Is Valid?

Do you think these tests are an accurate picture? Do you believe that they are statistically valid?

We public school educators have long known that how a kid performs on a standardized test is not an accurate measure of their intelligence, potential, prior learning, or future learning ability. Neither is it a reliable snapshot [...]