Testing: A Personal History
A highly idiosyncratic account of life as a series of tests exploring both their influence and infamy as instruments “by which the existence, quality, or genuineness of anything is or may be determined” — as Dr. Johnson described them. This blog contains the reflections and unresolved questions of a generalist still trying to understand how these mechanisms became so unpopular and what the world might do differently in educational and other types of personal measurement.
Glad to have others join the conversation.
But it’s not an argument.
Archives of posts
- October 2022
- August 2022
- July 2022
- February 2022
- January 2022
- November 2021
- October 2021
- September 2021
- May 2021
Blog posts are below in reverse chronological order:
- Unmasking The Myth of Meritocracy: Sophie Callcott’s Excellent Essay
- Colleges Need To Pass A Test Too
- Is there another debt to deal with? Should colleges be put to the test?
- Does High IQ = High Intelligence?
- No Tests But For Learning Starts With Getting The Right Tools
The January 31 in 31 Days Skein
- Too Early for Apgar
- Test Hatred
- Just when I thought I was out…
- We want the good tests
- Polarity testing
- The Adjustment of Claims Is Not Always about Geico
- If Only the Associated Press Could Call All Our Races: Claims Part II
- Claims Matter The Most For Those Deemed Different
- Two Stories of Failed Testing — And Teaching
- Nobody’s perfect and neither are tests
- Aiming for Validity
- When a bad test was good for me
- Validity is an imperfect measurement
- Validation is not just for parking tickets
- Mailbox Monday: Our Faithful Correspondents Communicate
- The Way To Bet or Predictive Validity Is Imperfect Too!
- The Test-Taker’s Anxiety And The Limits Of Predictive Validity \
- Eighty percent of life is… 4/5 of life
- Hope IS a strategy
- Read Freddie
- The ‘people should judge people, not tests’ take ignores our biases
- Mailbox Monday # 2 — and there’s a joke!
- What do the SATs measure?
- Do the SATs measure success?
- My Blue Genes
- Cognitive Gadgets Are Not Lego Toys
- Mind Reading with My Granddaughter
- Dog’s Breakfast or What My Algorithm Hath Wrought
- Mailbox Monday #3: Tests, Time, Teachers, and Inertia
- Myths of Meritocracy Are Entangled in Myths about Testing
- The Baseball Hall Of Fame Is A Meritocracy; Our Society Is A Ganglion Of Oligarchies
- Are Problems With Tests Really Problems With Authority?
- Question Authority Because Authority Should Ask More Questions
- NO tests but for learning
- NO Tests But For Learning: The Provocation Proceeds
- NO Tests But For Learning: Alphabet Soup and Irish Whiskey