Les Perelman responds to Maryland State Superintendent’s sorry defense of computer test scoring.

Les Perelman is retired Director of Writing Across the Curriculum at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is, not only a good friend, but is a nationally recognized expert on computer-based scoring. He is the inventor, along with his students, of BABEL, the Basic Automated BS Essay Language Generator.

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There is nothing objective about standardized testing.

-By Karl-Heinz Gabbey Please allow me to add an observation regarding this thing you call “objectivity”: It doesn’t exist! “Objectivity” exists nowhere in the private or public sectors, including education. Beyond state mandates, school boards and administrators, usually in negotiation and collaboration with teacher representatives, set standards and rules for teachers. Teachers, in turn, set […]

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Testing. The 2% solution.

President Obama’s announcement that students should be tested less is a victory for all those who have seen the destructive results of the education accountability movement that saw its birth in the Nation at Risk report over 30 years ago. He said it because a movement demanded he say it. But there may be less here […]

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Little Rock 58 years later. LRSD taken over by Waltons and Rockefeller Foundation.

Little Rock Public Schools have been taken over by the state of Arkansas – the Waltons and the Rockefeller Foundation. The reason? Poor test scores at four schools. The union had a plan in place to improve those schools, negotiated with the school board, but the state intervened before the intended results could be achieved. Students […]

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25 hours of standardized testing. A question for the IEA: What ever happened to New Business Item 1?

Fred, I can’t write a better op-ed about the PARCC than this one: http://educationopportunitynetwork.org/whos-really-failing-students/ Please, please, please post this essential article. It’s PERFECT. IT’S THE TRUTH.  All of this, as you know, is a corrupt, tangled web that in the end will affect ALL of us, active or retired.  As public schools are shuttered because […]

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