Author Archives: Porter Palmer

The Role of International Tests in U.S. Education (Online Chat)

The Role of International Tests in U.S. Education (Online Chat)

Greetings, Blogosphere! Just a quick note from your friendly assessment nerd, Porter… Education Week is doing an online chat this afternoon (Thursday, April 23, 2-3 p.m. Eastern time) on the proper role of international tests in shaping U.S. education policy. Follow this link for more information: http://www.edweek.org/ew/events/chats/2009/04/23/index.html#chat

Earth Day is April 22 (Let's talk trash.)

Greetings Blogoshere! It’s your friendly assessment nerd, Porter here to remind you that Earth Day is next week! Discovery Education and Waste Management have partnered to create www.ThinkGreen.com/classroom . This new suite of tools is designed for educators seeking new materials to enliven environmental lessons.   www.ThinkGreen.com/classroom provides K-12 standards-based lesson plans, videos, interactives, quizzes, tools,

How to Assess English Language Learners (Online Chat)

Greetings Blogosphere! It’s your friendly assessment nerd, Porter 🙂 I just got word that Education Week is conducting a live chat Thursday, April 9, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time on how to assess English-Language Learners. Margo Gottlieb, director of assessment and evaluation at the Illinois Resource Center, lead developer at the World-Class

Are You in the Progress Zone?

Greetings Blogosphere! I just found this post floating around the DEN Blog and thought I’d post it here too! Porter, your friendly assessment nerd Are You in the Progress Zone? Fresh off the presses, the latest offering from Discovery Education is called Progress Zone (PZ).  In a nutshell,  you create assessments for your students (based

Tests Worth Teaching To

Greetings Blogosphere! It’s your friendly assessment nerd, Porter again 🙂 Tonight, a link to an interesting article came across my Twitter feed. It is an Op-Ed by E.D. Hirsch in the NY Times. Don Hirsch founded the Core Knowledge Foundation in 1986. They are the folks who publish the What Your Kindergartner–Sixth Grader Needs to

yum, it's delicious

Greetings, Blogosphere! I am Porter Palmer, the manager of alternate assessment projects at Discovery Education Assessment and technology fanatic extraordinaire! I have been given this wonderful opportunity to share some things on our assessment blog, and could not be more excited. So, this is a blog devoted to assessment and my very first post isn’t

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