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Student Incentives Based on Test Scores?

Posted by kcaise on August 5, 2016 in blogging, testing |

I came across a blog post shared by @thechalkface on Facebook of a letter sent by a group of second grade teachers to parents for an end of the year incentive party based on scores on the high stakes state tests. The students could attend the incentive party for various periods of time based on the […]

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Pearson Losing its Hold in the Testing Game

Posted by kcaise on July 16, 2015 in testing |

The state of New York recently announced that it was replacing Pearson as its testing vendor and is going to go with Questar Assessment Inc, a smaller Minneapolis based company. Questar is receiving a $44 million, five-year contract. Pearson’s $32 million contract ends this December and was responsible for developing the Common Core-aligned tests that have been given to […]

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SAT Discrepancy During Test Administration

Posted by kcaise on June 8, 2015 in testing |

This past Saturday, June 6th, there was a discrepancy in the directions for one section of the SAT test according to a Washington Post article. The test proctor’s booklet said section 8 or 9, depending on the version the student received, was limited to 20 minutes, which was the correct time allocation, while the student […]

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What I Want New Teachers to Know

Posted by kcaise on May 19, 2015 in blogging, online learning, tech integration, testing, web tools |

With the close of the school year and end of student teaching for pre-service teachers, there are several things I would like to share with those who are just starting out with a teaching job in the fall. This could be pre-service teachers who student taught in the fall or spring, returning back to the […]

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Texas Legislature Considers Proposal to Pay for Two Years of College

Posted by kcaise on August 19, 2014 in blogging, testing, Texas budget and legislation |

Currently, Texas has the lowest number of adults over the age of 25 that have a high school diploma. Out of all 50 states, Texas has the fewest adults that graduated high school. There are a number of reasons for this. Texas, as do other states, has a large influx of illegal aliens and migrant […]

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FREE SAT Test Prep

Posted by kcaise on July 14, 2014 in online learning, testing |

Many junior and senior high school students are taking or preparing for the SAT and ACT tests throughout the summer and school year. Khan Academy has partnered with the College Board to provide free preparation materials including previously unreleased questions in the math, reading and writing sections taken from previous SAT tests. There are over […]

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SAT Bootcamp with The Learning Liaisons.com

Posted by kcaise on February 12, 2014 in testing, webinar |

Many of know I have begun to assist Dr. Jason Ampel of The Learning Liaisons with his webinar program. He is hosting a SAT Bootcamp the next four Thursdays. If you would like more information you can view the SAT Bootcamp page at TheLearningLiaisons.com. We had one session already with several students attending a fantastic […]

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Possible Good News for Texas Testing in Grades 3 – 8

Posted by kcaise on June 19, 2013 in blogging, testing, Texas budget and legislation |

Testing reform in a special legislation session called by Gov. Rick Perry has been a huge focus. Secondary students got a reprieve from 15 end of course (EOC) exams to now just five and elementary students may get a reprieve but that is yet to be seen. According to the Texas American Federation of Teachers […]

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Texas STARR Tests Reduced from 15 to 5

Posted by kcaise on June 18, 2013 in testing, Texas budget and legislation |

Even though the 2012-2013 school year has ended, Gov. Rick Perry, who wanted to do away with the US Department of Education, has called a special Texas legislation session to deal with several issues with several bills featuring education issues. Two years ago a huge budget crisis hit Texas public schools as a result of […]

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Texas Testing Costs How Much?

Posted by kcaise on April 16, 2011 in curriculum, educational technology, testing |

State standardized testing is fast approaching Texas public schools. Most of the students that take the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests do so from April 26th-28th. Although there are additional testing dates throughout the school year for students taking TAKS, the last week in April is essentially the culminating week that for […]

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