Monthly Archives: September 2013

Compared to What? Or, My Students Are Awesome.

Yesterday I had my first-year seminar students read and comment on the Emma Brown piece I mentioned in my previous post.  They were far less generous than I in their responses.  Two international students asked if the lack of analysis … Continue reading

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“It is unclear what it means to be rated as proficient”

Is it possible that news reporters are becoming more sophisticated in their approach to testing, or is it just Emma Brown of the Washington Post? An article of hers, “D.C. officials’ choice allowed math tests to show gain,” starts with … Continue reading

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This term I’m teaching Mathematics for All, a first-year seminar, which at Middlebury means that I have sixteen new students in a writing-intensive course.  On the first day, I did as I was told and asked the students to write … Continue reading

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