When test developers report test scores to end-users (school administrators, teachers, parents, the test takers themselves, or other potential score users), it is important that the meaning of the numerical scores reported be clear and easy to use. If not, what is the point of test scores?
BOSTON — Chloe Kim's gold medal winning snowboarding run and charismatic personality made her the unquestioned star of this year's Olympics. But it didn't take any longer than her arrival at the post-victory interview podium for her to demonstrate another reason why global brands are going to be knocking on her door.
We need to get close and sit quietly to discover its secrets. And we must be good listeners. If we show up with a headful of opinions and assumptions, we might miss subtle truths and glorious surprises.
I am sitting in my office listening to Victor Manuelle on my headphones, closing in on the end of my three-month Spanish learning Challenge. This has been a wonderful experience for so many reasons. Having a structure and a real challenge has pushed me to study every night, or more honestly, most nights.
They say learning a language is a marathon, not a sprint. Well, if that's true, and I believe it is, I just hit mile 5 in my marathon. No, I don't mean I'm almost 20% to perfect Spanish. Not even close. But it feels like I feel when I'm hitting the 5-mile marker in a 26.2-mile race - not that I do a lot of marathons - my count is 2.
I have been reminded that learning a language is a humbling exercise. Once the euphoria about learning a lot of new words and expressions wore off, I was faced with the reality that this is work, and that I really need to have a cohesive plan that I stick to.
I've been in Los Angeles at the California Association of Bilingual Educators and am driving back to Oregon through a beautifully green California. Sheila is actually driving. Don't worry. It was a great conference. Such passion for true bilingual education!
Thinking more about my crazy learning method of taking an article from a Spanish newspaper and just using that to learn from instead of building up sets of words and grammar. To me this makes the learning process fun.
Left Miami and there was no more Spanish talk radio. Bummer. So I started looking online for radio broadcasts. I found some but couldn't download them on my phone. I finally got one to download from Madrid radio, but I couldn't understand it at all.
Thank you, thank you Spanish talk radio. Listening to the talk show here in Miami I can hook into content that I already know about - politics and the snowstorm up north. Context is huge I remember from those teacher trainings again.
The CEO of Avant's technology partner, Mike Biglan and I decided to take on the joint challenge to self-study Spanish 30 minutes a day for three months, and each write a blog about it. So today I begin.
It started as a simple wager. Two competitive guys challenging each other to see who would do better. Study Spanish everyday for at least 30 minutes a day for three months. Who would show the most growth.
Avant is pleased to release the first report on National Avant STAMP Data since 2010. The report breaks down the data into individual languages and program type: Elementary Immersion, Secondary, and Higher Ed. We welcome your feedback and questions.