Shares of the Testing Market

Testing is costly. Test development as well as test administration will cost states and the federal government millions and even billions of dollar over years (ref. here). The two big common core test consortia – Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Consortium– were awarded over …

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Strange Bedfellows in Michigan Charters: Unionization and Teach for America-Associated Teachers

Over the past month, numerous charter schools in Detroit have experienced ample turmoil associated with charter management organizations (CMOs). CMO New Urban Learning (NUL) ended its relationship with Detroit’s University YES Academy as a result of recent charter schools teacher unionization efforts. Closely behind University YES Academy are two U Prep Schools who are working …

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Books Mentioned at LOEX 2015

I always come back from conferences with a list of books to read, and this year’s LOEX conference was particularly fruitful in that regard. For anyone interested in some of the works that are informing the thinking of instruction librarians, here is a (most definitely incomplete) list of books and articles I heard mentioned:* Grant …

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Model Credibility

Someone asked an interesting question on a support forum recently. The gist was: “How do I confirm that my model is correct?” On the occasions that I taught simulation modeling, this was a standard topic. Looking back, I don’t recall spending nearly as much time on it when teaching optimization, which was a mistake on …

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Rethinking the ‘Sacred Space’

Michigan State University’s campus began as a small grouping of buildings in an oak opening, and since the 1870s, when the College President decreed that no further construction was allowed within this central wooded area, it has been known as the “sacred space”. The Campus Archaeology Program has worked diligently since 2005 to investigate and …

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Passionate Knishes

Taking a break from all that “serious” food blogging for a shout out to Lucinda Williams for giving us this: Is it too much to ask? I want a warm bed that won’t hurt my back. Food to fill me up, Warm clothes, and all that stuff. “Shouldn’t I have all this?” she goes on …

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The Common Core Heats Up

With the recent announcement of Hilary Clinton as the leading Democratic nominee for the next presidential election, we are already “off to the races” for 2016. Even though just a few years ago the Common Core was enacted in most states with little political fanfare, early analysis suggests that the standards are positioned to be …

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