Different Kinds of Data

    Nothing has changed more in our field than the way we assess students in our public schools. Intuition ruled the day back in the 80s when I began in education. We relied largely on our own instincts (which were generally pretty accurate) but we had little quantitative data to back things up. We…

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Yong Zhao Coming to NH on April 3

  We live in an age of “Getting Things Done”, which is actually a philosophy espoused by productivity guru David Allen. Just in the last three days on this “Winter Vacation”, I have prepared for the Smarter Balanced assessment by watching a multi-hour webinar, planned for an upcoming district workshop surrounding the Common Core, and…

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Five Reasons Why NAEP is Still Relevant

I arrived in D.C. just in time for the Cherry Blossoms  Recently, I was honored to be appointed to a national Principal’s Panel to look at the future development of The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), otherwise known as the Nation’s Report Card. Ten Principals from across the country met on April 12 at…

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How Can I Support the Shift?

  During my time in education, our focus in schools has changed dramatically. While our main wheelhouse has always been academics, the laser focus on teaching and learning has never been sharper. In the “old way” we focused largely on intuition to figure out if kids were learning. Now we utilize data to ascertain if…

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ASCD’s Legislative Agenda-Day 1 of LILA

The challenge to “change the world” is given to educators every day. Our world may change in scope, from a single student to a classroom or a school. Today was the first day of ASCD’s Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy (LILA). For the next few days, ASCD is training a group of American educators to contribute…

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Duncan’s “Principals”

The role of government in education has varied greatly in the last 30 years. Traditionally, the governmental power within education was allotted to states but with the advent of NCLB, the Feds now have tremendous power through mandated assessment and most recently, an infusion of cash to school districts which is nearly impossible to pass…

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