Blog by Jim Westrick

If the "Real World" Behaved Like a Traditional Classroom

DMV agent: That was some test! Your parallel parking is great and you kept your speed under the limit. But you ran one stop sign and made an illegal left turn. I can't give you a drivers license.

Student: But I really need my license! Without it, I can't drive to my after-school job.

DMV agent: OK, te...

03/09/2023 08:14 AM - Comment(s)
Talking to Your School Board about Proficiency
Know what your school board needs to understand about proficiency based scoring and reporting.
02/16/2023 01:14 PM - Comment(s)
Monday Myths #2 
Proficiency Based Scoring Means That Kids Don’t Have to do any Homework! Uh…no.
02/14/2023 05:50 AM - Comment(s)
Defining Standards-based Scoring and Reporting

Ask ten people to define "standards-based scoring and reporting" and you're likely to get ten different answers. I've heard everything from the optimistic ("It's a great way to keep the the  focus on learning, not points.") the outlandish ("Students can demand...

11/15/2022 09:41 AM - Comment(s)
Monday Myths #1
Standards-based scoring waters down the curriculum. Um...Really?
11/14/2022 09:05 PM - Comment(s)