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  •  Well, I don't know if Colorado is (6+ / 0-)

    ahead or behind California on this, but the latest thing we are hearing about here is the "buffer." The "buffer" is apparently things teachers tell themselves to excuse their students not doing well on the test. Administrators exhort us to "move beyond the buffer."

    It's basically a way to blame the teacher for the student's test scores. It's all "research based," which seems to mean someone read someone else's article in a journal and based a program on what he thought the article said. That's what passes for "research" in the educational pep-rally community.

    LAUSD tried to testing three or four times a year, even got a few tests out into the field, but discovered it was hard work to produce and score the damn things, and they cost money. So they dropped them (I think) and are having teachers create FFAs, or Frequent Formative Assessments, which we are expected to create and administer and score, every two weeks, so we have some "data" to talk about at our professional development meetings, which will help us break down our "buffers."

    The purpose, as someone noted above, to to destroy public education, so the rich can maintain their educational advantage over the poor, while pulling middle managers and clerks from the ranks of Catholic School graduates. Having vouchers to pay for the home schooling textbooks without all that nasty Darwin stuff in them is another bonus.

    "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government is incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

    by Orinoco on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 09:23:43 PM PDT

    •  forgive me (4+ / 0-)

      but I am visualizing a hamster on a wheel.
      My sympathy.

      •  No forgiveness needed (2+ / 0-)
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        Cassandra Waites, miss SPED

        the visualization is spot on.

        In our last meeting we were informed that, despite students having good or bad days during testing, if you aggregate all the data and do a regression analysis, it turns out that test scores are accurate to within a tenth of a percent... of predicting aggregate test scores.

        The toady who told us that said it in complete seriousness, not a tittle of irony, not a jot. (That was the third straw man he'd erected and rhetorically knocked down in an attempt to get we teachers to see how foolish our "buffers" are.)

        "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government is incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

        by Orinoco on Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 06:33:15 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks (1+ / 0-)
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        miss SPED

        You elicited my laughter, and you have my thanks.

        ~~~~~~~~ "There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them." - Joseph Brodsky

        by Shakespeares Sister on Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 07:51:13 AM PDT

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