On Standardized Testing

Jennifer Locke Whetham:

I turn to my boss, Bill Moore, for wisdom and complexity. The current polarized debate over standardized testing is rife with misunderstanding, assumptions, and inaccurate conflations. It can be hard to navigate all those threads and discern the truth, and I trust Bill to help me to do that– it’s why he’s been my mentor for the past decade. In this blog post, he delivers, with his usual grace and clarity, a compelling reading of the recent segment by John Oliver on Last Week Tonight.  In particular, he muses on a potential connection between the parents who refuse to have their children take the Smarter Balanced Assessment (the “opt-out” movement) and the parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated.

Originally posted on Moore's Musings:

My friend and colleague Jen Whetham sent me a note recently, along with a link to a segment from John Oliver’s HBO series, Last Week Tonight, with these comments:

“So my feelings about this piece are complex.  Clearly, John Oliver is brilliant—particularly the repetition of “here comes the monkey.”  And it’s poignant . . . the section about the testing booklets coming with instructions about what to do if a student vomits on them makes my heart hurt, as does the young woman who cries during the testimony of her experience.  And, of course, Nathan Hale’s [High school, in Seattle] juniors are mentioned, as is the search for graders on Craig’s List.

I feel like a lot of folks will watch this (and probably send it to me) and consider it the last word on SmarterBalanced and as further evidence to conflate their opposition to standardized testing in general…

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FREE Teaching and Learning Conference at Bellevue College!

Faculty Commons @ Bellevue College
ALL faculty, staff, and students

to attend the FREE
1st Annual Teaching & Learning Conference

May 30th, 2015, 9:00am – 3:30pm
Bellevue College, room D104

Click here to Register Now!

Join us as we host a dynamic group of guest speakers, workshops, and the opportunity to discuss teaching and learning.
Our workshops and discussion include some of today’s key topics in education:

Inclusive teaching
Curriculum development
Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

FREE breakfast and lunch will be provided!

Questions?  Please Contact

Sayumi Irey, Ph.D.
Director, Faculty Commons
Tel (425)564-2354


Creating a Success Culture: Transforming Our Schools, One Question at a Time

Creating a Success Culture: Transforming Our Schools, One Question at a Time
Anyone who would like to learn more about creating a success culture in a school
June 18 at the Lynnwood Convention Center, 8:30-3:30
Because it is part of a three-year project funded by College Spark Washington, there is no charge
Registration is required if one plans to attend the full day session:
Cal Crow at the Center for Efficacy and Resiliency

Description: When the project funded by this College Spark grant began, most students viewed the school as a place to make up credits and get a diploma. Now it is viewed as a place to plan and create a successful future. Students who had low aspirations (“I’ll just get a job somewhere”) are now asking about the SAT and inquiring about college.
The school changed its mission statement to one sentence, which drives both student and adult behavior: Scriber Lake High School will ensure that all students become successful by helping them identify, develop and maximize their strengths, skills and talents.
A student designed a “creative” mission statement poster which was enlarged and laminated, and appears in classrooms and hallways throughout the school.  This culminating event will focus on the project, called “Your Future Now,” that was designed to change the culture of Scriber Lake High School.
Workshops and speakers, and conversations with adults and students who have helped transform a school. Each attendee will receive a professionally bound book describing one school’s road to creating a success future.

Faculty Learning Community (FLC) Grants are now OPEN!

SBCTC Assessment, Teaching, and Learning (ATL) and eLearning and Open Education announce that the Faculty Learning Community (FLC) Grants are now OPEN!

Check out our newly revised grant guidance, and our newly minted Collaborate recording of the webinar we hosted yesterday on the 2015-16 application process!

There is also a Power Point presentation, if you’d like to view the slide deck individually.

Our fiscal guru MIchele Rockwell walks you through access to our online grants management system (OGMS) and the intricacies of creating a budget– listen for her Dr. Suess joke!

Alissa Sells, my eLearning twin, and I, discuss the criteria for our research-based, formative application process, as well as elaborate on our new mantra: learn, create, release (openly), and share.

Questions about ATL applications: Jennifer Whetham, jwhetham@sbctc.edu

Questions about eLearning and Open Education applications: Alissa Sells, asells@sbctc.edu

Questions about OGMS: Shannon Bell, sbell@sbctc.edu

Questions about budget: Michele Rockwell, mrockwell@sbctc.edu

SBCTC Awarded 2015 Open Research Award for Open Education Excellence

Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has been awarded the 2015 Open Research Award for Open Education Excellence, presented by the Open Education Consortium.

The report, authored by Boyoung Chae, Policy Associate, eLearning and Open Education, and Mark Jenkins, Director of eLearning and Open Education, is titled: “Qualitative Investigation of Faculty Open Educational Resource Usage in the Washington Community and Technical College System: Models for Support and Implementation.

To see the official announcement, please visit the Open Education Consortium website.

SBCTC is extremely grateful to the 50 faculty members who participated in the interviews, as well as to the 770 faculty members who responded to the earlier survey—the results of which led directly to the current study.

We are proud to be part of a system of institutions and educators committed to increasing access to high quality education for everyone!

Share the Canvas Love! Present on March 27th at Mini Canvas-Con

South Puget Sound Community College
is looking for

for a one-day Canvas conference

Friday, March 27th, 2015

9:00AM – 3:00 PM (with a nice break for lunch)

Working Workshop Categories

  • Basic Canvas
  • Student engagement with Canvas
  • Best practices using Canvas
  • Canvas + (extra goodies you can add to Canvas)

To share the Canvas love, please complete this Google form

Questions?  Contact Kathy Brooks & Rick McKinnon

Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) at Olympic College

Olympic College
invites faculty to join
Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR)

February 19th to March 3rd, 2015

Facilitators: Kathy Bright and Laurie Adamson
Fee: $25/person, billed directly from QM to your institution.

eLearning Directors in the CTC system: Register interested faculty directly by logging into MY QM, choosing the “Higher Education” tab, then “Workshop – Register” on the left, and “Dedicated Training”.  If you are registering others, select [Group Reg].

Kathy Bright
ELearning Faculty Support
Olympic College | Haselwood Library Rm 18
Ph: (360) 475-7772 | Fax: (360) 475-7775

Review of Open Educational Resources (OER) Research Studies

Join the
Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER)
for a free, open webinar
Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at 10 am (PST).

Click here to log in to the webinar
Dial-in if needed: 1-913-312-3202, passcode: 943818

Featured speakers

Boyoung ChaeBoyoung Chae,
Policy Associate, eLearning and Open Education, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges released a report last month on use of open educational resources based on interviews with 60 faculty in Washington’s community and technical college system which was built upon a previous state-wide survey with 770 faculty.  Faculty were queried about

  1. how and why they chose to use OER
  2. six benefits (including student savings)
  3. six challenges of using OER
  4. nine supports from college and statewide stakeholders that could help them to expand their OER use

John Hilton III, Assistant Professor of Ancient Scripture, OER Researcher, Brigham Young University.

This presentation synthesizes the results of eight different peer-reviewed studies that examine

  1. the perceptions students and instructors of OER that replaced traditional textbooks
  2. the potential influence of OER on student learning outcomes, and
  3. the cost-savings resulting from OER.

Suggested paths forward to expand the pool of academic peer reviewed research on (1) the perceptions students and instructors have of OER, (2) the potential influence of OER on student learning outcomes, and (3) the cost-savings resulting from OER.

Advancing Low Impact Development (LID) Education in Your Institution

Veda InternationalWhat: Forum Discussion
Who: Community and technical college administrators, staff, and instructors/professors throughout Washington State
When: March 16, 2015 at 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Where: South Seattle Community College, Olympic Hall
RSVP: http://bpt.me/1220352

Forum Goals
The Washington Department of Ecology, in partnership with consultants, has designed and is implementing the Statewide Low Impact Development (LID) Training Program from September 2014 through June 2015. The Statewide LID Training Program offers free LID courses on a wide range of topics. To ensure that LID education continues beyond 2015, the state is recruiting technical and community colleges to build LID education programs as part of the institution’s program offerings. The forum provides an opportunity for attendees to learn about the role they can play in advancing LID knowledge in the state.

The forum offers attendees opportunity to:

● Understand the role that community and technical colleges can play in advancing LID knowledge
● Understand the business case for offering LID trainings in terms of job opportunities for graduates
● Understand the financial mechanisms and incentives being offered by the state (and others) to build capacity to develop LID/stormwater education programs
● Access existing tools and curriculum to help design and deliver an LID program

For more information, please visit the Washington Stormwater Center or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Nhi Irwin
Veda Environmental
2211 Elliott Ave Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98121
P: 360.561.6970