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10.05.2014
Please use the thread below to provide links to news topics likely to be of interest to ConservativeHome readers and to comment on political topics that haven’t been given their own blog. If Cameron really believes Brexit would mean war and genocide, why did he offer a referendum on it? Britain’s leading Conservative blog for news, comment, analysis and campaigns, edited by Paul Goodman. Most people who follow education are now familiar with the cloak and dagger secrecy of the Texas school curriculum known as C-SCOPE. It is not a far stretch to assume that the test developers are trying to hide something like C-SCOPE did. The New York Times covered what was happening in Durham New Hampshire with the state standardized test developed for No Child Left Behind. The difference came down to test questions and scoring.  The test had questions that were written in ways that made it especially difficult for their students to answer.
Lest you think that a clear scoring rubric would solve the problem, Farley also noted that there are scorers who focus so intently on the rubric that even a well written answer is given a low score because it does not exactly fit the prescribed rubric.
The impression people have is that testing giants like Pearson and McGraw Hill who administer most of the tests (and will continue to do so under common core) have teams of highly qualified English and Math majors to score their tests. Though SBAC and PARCC are on-line and still are highly dependent on multiple choice questions, they will have more performance based questions (written answer) than most existing state tests which will require more scorers. Is a stay at home mom of two children who went through the public school system in the New Hampshire and Missouri. Missouri Coalition Against Common CoreVisit the Coalition Website to see the latest activity to oppose Common Core and student data gathering in our state.
Did you know that there are some intangible qualities that contribute to success and increased productivity? Even if you have the best time management system set up, your life will only change if you have the discipline to implement the practices. Sometimes the challenging part of self-discipline is having enough respect for ourselves and our goals to work on them even if we don’t feel like it. There probably isn’t another quote that points out the importance of discipline more than the one by Brian Tracy in his book No Excuses: The Power of Self-Discipline. Regardless of how much you learn and no matter how many different techniques you read about, you have to have the motivation and discipline to implement and make changes.
The rationale for the study was based on the concept that people who are dissatisfied show up for work less often and produce less or lower-quality work. You might feel as if there are factors impacting your negative attitude that you can’t control, like a difficult boss or a job that does not give you a sense of accomplishment. In The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin recounts a story of a friend who worked under a challenging boss. Many experts recommend developing an attitude of gratitude as a way of improving your general happiness. While most of my articles and my book focuses on tasks and activities that lead to increased productivity, this post has introduced areas that affect your productivity but are much harder to quantify and control.
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A weekly ‘Intelligence Letter‘, email alerts, high quality events, extended briefings and an online, searchable databank. Having them be delivered through on-line servers, so soon after the C-SCOPE debacle has not helped SBAC or PARCC.  Public skepticism was already entrenched.
A student can go into any (remaining) book store and buy books loaded with questions from previous tests which they can use to study and prepare for the tests. We know from states like New York and New Hampshire where teachers took sample tests that there were many problems with the questions in the test. This is where the games are played and public policy is validated without the public knowing. Their schools had gone text book free yet several questions referred to text books and the way they were formatted and used. Until they reviewed the test and discovered this preference, their students did not score as high.
After all, we have colleges graduating students with these degrees and if they don’t go into teaching where else are they going to go, right? There have been no break-throughs announced by these companies in terms of changing their current scoring practice, so we assume that there will remain a percentage of barely qualified scorers who just need the money determining how our teachers and schools are doing, without our teachers being able to see the questions or the scoring rubric upon which they are judged. She has been writing on MEW since 2012 and has been a citizen lobbyist on Common Core since 2013. Even if you have clear measureable goals and align your activities to achieve them, only executing those activities will accomplish your goals.
How often do we walk around feeling guilty about everything we should be doing that is not getting done? The authors reference other research showing “that inner work life has a profound impact on workers’ creativity, productivity, commitment, and collegiality. Gretchen’s friend made a rule that she wasn’t going to say anything negative about her boss and that if others were saying negative things, she’d walk away. Think of Aunt Mable who chastised her husband, who enjoyed his happy hour a bit too much, for making a public spectacle of himself. However, the limited access to the tests by teachers, the almost non-existent access by parents except to a very short sample test, and the requirement that students not discuss anything they see in the test has sent the red flags flying. Companies like Sylvan regularly use old tests to coach kids through this hurdle of adolescence. We wrote about the letter a New Hampshire Principal wrote listing all the comments he received from his 7th grade teachers who took the SBAC test.
Such towns are know for their highly educated parents who tend to work at the universities, have brighter than average kids and make education a priority at home.
But such graduates would have to be pretty desperate to take jobs that can require them to grade thirty high school papers an hour, eight hours a day, five days a week, on a contract basis with no benefits. Some day she would like to see a national Hippocratic oath for educators “I will remember that there is an art to teaching as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy and understanding are sometimes more important than policy or what the data say. In their 2011 article in the New York Times called “Do Happier People Work Harder,” Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer established through their research that being unhappy at work means lower productivity.


In The Art of Possibility, Rosamund and Benjamin Zander talk about engaging in negative self-talk that can lead you to a downward spiral. The friend turned out much happier with her job than her coworkers, and even found herself liking her boss.
This is a simple way of shifting your focus away from what’s making you unhappy toward what makes you happy, and from what’s making you feel deprived to what makes you feel fulfilled.
What Uncle Marvin chose to do in response to the public opinion expressed about his slurring proclamations and zealous though slightly out of control gesticulating was up to Uncle Marvin.
It was eventually exposed by some whistle blowing teachers who took issue with the content of what they were required to teach with C-SCOPE.
Those who claim that such secrecy is necessary to maintain the validity of the test are flat out liars.
Even our own states MAP tests were reviewed by our teachers each year to collect comments for improvement on specific questions or sections. Not surprisingly they had good schools and successful students if you looked at their college acceptance rates. When we move from Public education to Privatized education run by private companies, such practices are considered the business norm.
If you have a picture of your success, whatever that means to you, there is a much greater likelihood you will achieve it. They cite one study by Gallup that estimates an annual $300 billion loss in productivity by U.S.
You need to be conscious of your self-talk and change it in order to create a positive attitude. When it comes to the teaching materials used in our public schools, traditionally we have come to expect the same access for viewing, with the assumption that the suppliers could choose to respond to any public criticism in whatever way they wanted. The creators of the curriculum tried to hide what they were doing by changing the on-line lessons when they were forced to allow parents and public officials to access the lessons. We don’t get to see behind the curtain where Farley says testing company managers routinely circumvent the checks and balances on their own system in order to make their reliability reports look good. Fortunately some astute teachers had already taken screen shots of the lessons prior to the re-write.
Our rights are diminished in favor or private business rights to protect their products, their market share, their bottom line. C-SCOPE’s liberal, globalist, pro-Islamic leaning was exposed to public scrutiny and rejected. Their attempts at secrecy only served to heighten public skepticism of on-line education in general.
Now the secrecy surrounding teaching materials and standardized tests is rising to the level of that in the Bengazi investigation. At a time when use of on-line technology could have been used to augment the education process and help control costs, the Texas experience may have set that option back almost a decade.



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