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.Read More Les Perelman responds to Maryland State Superintendent’s sorry defense of computer test scoring.
Les Perelman. -This is an excerpt from The Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss column featuring a post by Leonie Haimson. Les Perelman is an old high school pal, retired director of the multi-discipline writing program at MIT and an expert on computer scoring. Read the entire article here. According to Les Perelman, retired director of a […]Read More The PARCC and Les Perelman’s BABEL machine.
-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 […]Read More There is nothing objective about standardized testing.
Stop lying about 4/1being a lost day of instruction. It was a lost day of PARCC testing. — Karen Lewis (@KarenLewisCTU) April 2, 2016 Fred, So – is assessment part of teaching? Did you ever grade your art students? Based on what data? What if I didn’t like the methodology you used, like you don’t […]Read More April 1st was a lost day of PARCC testing.
Peter Cunningham. I don’t normally get into Twitter exchanges. I read ’em. I post ’em. I leave ’em be. The other day I came across this Peter Cunningham tweet: Yikes! With low grad rates and high college remediation rates, Oregon signs nation’s first stand-alone opt-out bill. https://t.co/JZdnuWr4ad — Peter Cunningham (@PCunningham57) December 17, 2015 I […]Read More “Yikes,” said Peter Cunningham.
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 […]Read More Testing. The 2% solution.
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 […]Read More Little Rock 58 years later. LRSD taken over by Waltons and Rockefeller Foundation.
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 […]Read More 25 hours of standardized testing. A question for the IEA: What ever happened to New Business Item 1?
Les Perelman (second from right) on a recent visit to the Art Institute of Chicago. Les Perelman is not only an old high school pal. We are still friends. In fact, we spent time together just recently on one of his trips through Chicago. Les worked for years as director of undergraduate writing at MIT. […]Read More Educational Testing Service censors Les Perelman’s exposé of their B.S.