Category Archives: Assessment

AP Physics redesign: Will Honors Physics disappear from high schools?

A message from the College Board’s official listserve for Advanced Placement Physics gave a tantalizing hint of big doings in the redesign of the AP Physics program, which is being funded by the National Science Foundation as part of an … Continue reading

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RTTT Assessment Program: Two “comprehensive” consortia funded, SCOBES high school EOC consortium not

The US Department of Education has funded the two large consortia that applied to the “comprehensive” component of the Race to the Top Assessment Program.  Florida is a leader in one of these consortia. But the SCOBES proposal for high … Continue reading

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Lesson from Texas: Is an Algebra I EOC meltdown coming in Florida?

Hat tip to Jeff Solochek at Gradebook for this bit of cheer: Texas has had a meltdown in its first crack at an Algebra I end-of-course exam. Is Florida next?  We’ll see in the spring.

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2010 ACT Science: Florida moves down one spot – to 50th

National average:  20.9 Florida:  19.1 We beat Mississippi.  That’s it. Florida was 49th in 2009, and really that was bad enough. The ACT comparison engine is here. Leslie Postal’s coverage of the ACT story in the Sentinel is here.

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Idaho sets course for EOC’s in high school science for class of 2017

Curriculum Matters is reporting that Idaho is scrapping plans to require a passing score on a science competency test for high school graduation and is instead planning to require passing scores on science end-of-course tests for the high school graduating … Continue reading

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RTTT Assessment Program: What Florida is doing; what Florida missed out on

Twelve states – including Massachusetts, New York and Mississippi, have jointly proposed a breathtaking overhaul of high school with a request to the Race to the Top Assessment Program.  The full proposal is available here, but the Center for K-12 … Continue reading

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FCAT Controversy: HumRRO provides readable explanation of FCAT statistics

For those of us that are FCAT statistics novices, the HumRRO report solicited by the Florida Department of Education provides a helpful introduction.  The general framework of the learning gain measurement and its challenges are neatly discussed at a level … Continue reading

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