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Finito! Project 180, Day 145


Well, officially anyway. So proud of the kids for the hard work they put into the state testing this year. Glad the ELA section is behind us. Sadly, the kids still have math and science…

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The End: Project 180, Day 144


Finally. Today marks our last “official day” of testing, and fortunately most kids will cross the finish line today. However, there will be a good number of kids who, for various reasons, will have to…

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Stuck in a Rut: Project 180, Day 143


Okay, this may be a bit much, but if one were to have observed my class the last seven days, he would have seen this “training” in real time. And, we still have two days…

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And We’re Testing: Project 180, Day 142


We will, Dory. Thank you. Maybe forever. Wish it felt more like swimming than drowning. Ugh. Morning, all. Hard to find my morning inspiration lately. Just keep testing…


The Story Behind the Story: Project 180, Day 141


Friday, I posted on the data we collect. Much of the data we collect is mined from students’ standardized assessments. And as the kids hopefully wrap up testing this week (at least 3 days to…

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Names not Numbers: Project 180, Day 140


Yesterday, I emailed this to colleagues and administrators as a reminder that while data tell a story, some stories are perhaps more important than others. Schools have always collected from the left-hand column. We do…

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If Only: Project 180, Day 139


The saga continues. Some of the kids will begin taking the CAT part of the SBA today, the “multiple choice” segment. Wish the choice factor was an opt out factor. ┬áBut that’s not the case….

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Test Story: Project 180, Day 138


Infinity and beyond, indeed, Buzz. This is how the testing season feels. It goes on and on. Forever. And we are just underway. Selfishly, I am thankful that LA is up first when the kids’…

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Differentiated Standardization? Project 180, Day 137


Day Two. Well, day one for some. We opted to go with a two-hour block schedule for the first four days of testing this year. Yesterday, we had periods one, three, five; today, we will…

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And So It Begins: Project 180, Day 136


Well, here we go. The kids will embark on their standardized testing journeys today. For English Language Arts (ELA), they take two tests: the performance task (PT) and the computer adaptive test (CAT). Their combined…

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