Month: April 2015

In Praise of Text Complexity and RI.10

Lately I’ve been following Russell Walsh’s blog Russ on Reading. There’s a lot of intriguing content to be found poking around his site—not the least of which is the list of his own favorite blogs.

As a long-time editor, I was drawn into his most recent post “From Text Complexity to Considerate Text.” There’s much we agree on about “considerate text” and the responsibility of the writer to the reader.

But I can’t go so far to agree that “forcing students to […]

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Dropping Out and Opting Out of Common Core Assessments

Spring testing is upon us, and what a hoopla here in Colorado over the new Common Core State Standards assessments. Debates are sizzling over test scores, the amount of instructional time lost, and whether the standards themselves are appropriate. Opting-out of the tests is all the rage for parents and students, and states are dropping out of their consortiums like flies. It seems we all might benefit from a step back, a deep breath, and a few words from some […]

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