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May 22, 2014

T-Plex: Text complexity through a dinosaur lens

By Sue Pulvermacher-Alt, Former Educator   When my son Justin was young he was a dinosaur omnivore. He voraciously ate everything related to dinosaurs. He checked out dinosaur videos at the library; he read about allosaurus; he drew protoceratops; he […]
June 5, 2014

The power of close, repeated reading: Why our brains crave a reread

By Jan Bryan, EdD, Vice President, National Education Officer   Our brains thrive on repeated experiences. This explains why we seek to watch the same movies again and again and re-read favorite books. According to the health blog, “The Body […]
June 19, 2014

From possibility to probability

By Alexa Posny, PhD, Former Chief State School Officer A question that I constantly wonder about is this: What does it look like when teachers are truly making a difference in the lives of each and every one of their […]
July 10, 2014

Understanding the reliability and validity of test scores

By Catherine Close, PhD, Psychometrician   Toward the end of my master’s degree program, I called my parents and excitedly announced that I was entering a doctoral program in psychometrics. A few uncomfortable moments later, my father responded, “That sounds…interesting.” […]