Archive of Assessment

Creating Risk

on December 23rd, 2011 in Blog by | 1 Comment

Minnesota state officials recently released the Minnesota Readiness Study showing that children of color and children who live in poverty are “less likely to be considered ready for kindergarten”[1] than their White and middle class counterparts.  As we try to understand, I want to focus attention on the notion of…

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Why “Closing Achievement Gaps” Is Not Our Rallying Cry

on November 4th, 2011 in Blog by | No Comments

“Closing achievement gaps.”  It’s a catch phrase that has become the rallying cry for equity advocates; the vision that provides the impetus for many education policies, regulations, and programs. And it’s a catch phrase we are trying desperately not to use. In our work, we have found that the phrase…

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Reflections on Elementary School

on June 6th, 2011 in Blog by | No Comments

The last day of the 2010-11 academic year for my kids was four days ago.  It was a milestone day for both of my kids. My son finished his two years in junior high and is preparing to head into high school.  My daughter finished 6th grade, capping off her—and…

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