IAE Blog

Information Age Education (IAE) is an Oregon not-for-profit corporation founded by David Moursund in August 2007. The IAE Blog was started in August 2010.

Are We Missing the Point of Effective Assessment?

“They know enough who know how to learn.” (Henry B. Adams; American novelist, journalist, and historian; 1838–1918.)

In the IAE-pedia document Goals of Education in the United States (http://iae-pedia.org/Goals_of_Education_in_the_United_States) Goal # 6 focuses on setting and achieving personal goals. In brief summary, the goal is to help students:

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Isaac Asimov: The Relativity of Wrong

Isaac Asimov is one of my favorite writers both in science fiction and in science fact. A friend of mine recently pointed me to the short essay cited above. It contains a number of delightful arguments and examples that explore flaws in an educational system that focuses on exact right answers that are to be memorized with little or no understanding and are not to be questioned. Here are a few examples:

Right and Wrong Are Not Absolutes

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Assessment of the New Math Standards

Here is a very important new report about the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) (Darling-Hammond, August 29, 2011). This 63-page document represents the work of a number of highly qualified math individuals. It begins with the statement:

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We Are Doing Way Too Much High-stakes Testing

Many of us are aware of the amount of time and student effort going into testing at state and national levels. It certainly would be pleasing to see evidence from high-quality research studies showing that this testing of students is good for students, teachers, parents, our school systems, our states, and our nation. Unfortunately…

If you are bothered by this over-emphasis on testing, you will enjoy the following ASCD blog entry:

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Education Secretary Arnie Duncan, and ‘No Child Left Behind’

Over the years, our federal government has made a variety of efforts to try to improve this country’s educational system. Over the past decade, “No child left behind” has been the rallying cry. However, this has not been a very successful approach.

Here is a reference that I am drawing on for this IAE Blog entry:

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