Author Archives: Richard P Phelps

Press Release: Study Finds Common Core Math Standards Will Reduce Enrollment in High-Level High School Math Courses, Dumb Down College STEM Curriculum Lower standards, alignment of SAT to Common Core likely to hurt low-income students the most

http://pioneerinstitute.org/download/study-finds-common-core-math-standards-will-reduce-enrollment-in-high-level-high-school-math-courses-dumb-down-college-stem-curriculum/ BOSTON – Common Core math standards (CCMS) end after just a partial Algebra II course. This weak Algebra II course will result in fewer high school students able to study higher-level math and science courses and an increase in … Continue reading

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The Gauntlet: How think tanks and federally-funded centers misrepresent and suppress other education research

New in the Nonpartisan Education Review: http://nonpartisaneducation.org/Review/Essays/v10n1.htm The aggressive, career-strategic behavior of researchers in federally funded centers and think tanks creates many problems, including a loss of useful information and bad public policies based on skewed information. But, two adverse … Continue reading

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National Study of Learning, Voting, & Engagement

The National Study of Learning, Voting, & Engagement (NSLVE) is a new, national research initiative that gives colleges and universities an opportunity to learn the aggregate registration and voting rates of their students. By participating, institutions will help build a … Continue reading

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Large-scale educational testing in Chile: Some thoughts

Recently in the auditorium of Universidad Finis Terrae, I argued that Chile’s Prueba de Selección Universitaria (PSU) cannot be “fixed” and should be scrapped. I do not, however, advocate the elimination of university entrance examinations but, rather, the creation of … Continue reading

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GAO Could Do More

U.S. GAO Could Do More in Examining Educator Cheating on Tests The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), a research agency of the U.S. Congress, continues its foray into the field of standardized testing. It started at least as far back … Continue reading

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Try Trying

Educator testing scandals have lit up the news wires recently and some call the cheating unprecedented. It is not unprecedented; journalists simply paid little attention to the issue before now. To my mind, the most profound factoid revealed by the … Continue reading

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Campbell’s Law is like Campbell’s Soup

Campbell’s Law is like Campbell’s Soup: Ubiquitous and Innocuous You became familiar with Campbell’s Law when only a few days old and by age two had mastered it. As a parent, you would have witnessed your children discovering, learning, and … Continue reading

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The OECD meets to discuss assessment

The OECD meets to discuss assessment, Open minds on assessment policy likely not invited http://congrex.no/oecdoslo2013/ A hoodwinked OECD is one result of our profession’s tolerance of censorship and suppression of information on assessment policy and its related research. http://www.nonpartisaneducation.org/Review/Resources/RotSpreadsOverseas.pdf  

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About Us

  This is the blog of Nonpartisan Education Review board members. Quoting from the Review‘s “About Us” page: “There are two sides to every U.S. education policy debate …and that is the problem. “Those two sides — public education’s entrenched … Continue reading

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