Common Floor?

Upscale Douglas County, Colorado’s school district has a remarkably outspoken superintendent named Liz Celania-Fagen. To put it mildly, Ms. Celania-Fagen isn’t impressed with the Common Core State Standards, which she calls “Common Floor.” A recent National Review On Line article reports: “Celania-Fagen thinks the controversial Common Core standards were written ‘with good intentions to help…

The REAL employment situation: The Labor Force Participation Rate

The real key to the true unemployment situation in the United States is the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) “Labor Force Participation Rate” statistic. It is defined in the BLS web site as: “Labor force participation rate” The labor force as a percent of the civilian noninstitutional population. In other words, this is the…

NY superintendent understands testing games

Voorheesville Central School District superintendent Dr. Teresa Thayer Snyder knows test gaming well. Writing about the new Common Core State Standards aligned test results in New York, she says: “…test developers control the scaled scores—indeed they have developed a draconian statistical formula that is elaborate, if indecipherable, to determine scaled scores. I would bet my…

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Albert Einstein Sadly, this comment from one of this country’s most noted scientists is most appropriate to the latest action by the Kentucky Board of Education concerning the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). With no dissention, the board reaffirmed its support today for the NGSS, an action that now sends these clearly inadequate standards on…