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Measurement Moments – Part 12: Gaming and Assessment

In August 2015, I attended a National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) conference on gaming, simulations, and assessment. However, this is not necessarily as new a topic as one might think. In 1998, Dr. Joy McLarty and I presented at a conference in Chicago on simulations for assessing workplace readiness. In 2001, Dr. Randy Bennet from Educational Testing Service (ETS) and I presented on games and simulation at a conference sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. A number of conferences have dealt with this concept since then, and hundreds of researchers have presented and published on this topic. The question now is, “Why aren’t we using games and simulations to assess students?”

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The Cursive Question

As we learned from Dr. Tim Vansickle’s latest blog post, “Measured Moments, Part 11,” the Common Core State Standards do not require that students learn to write in cursive, or long hand. Replaced by keyboarding, the act of putting pen to paper and writing in script...

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Measurement Moments – Part 11

Back when I was in grade school, students spent a great amount of time learning to write in “long hand,” or cursive. It was a required, preferred method of communication in school, yet now it has become more of a rare art form than a necessary skill. The Common Core...

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Encore – We Are All Accountable For Our Kids

This is a re-post of Jamie Post Candee’s popular “We Are All Accountable For Our Kids” originally posted February 11, 2015 I spend a lot of time talking with state chiefs, policy makers, teachers, and parents about the need for tests. I often think about this debate...

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New York to Shorten Common Core Assessments Again

"According to an article in the New York Times, the state of New York will shorten its Common Core-aligned assessments for third through eighth graders this year. Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced the change at a Board of Regents meeting on Wednesday."...

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