Wesley Fryer, Ph.D. (@wfryer)

Oklahoma City, OK

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September 14th, 2014

@lifelonglearner thank you for the feedback & your kind words :-) And thank you for teaching our students! :-)

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via @Leo_Da_Vincix “I hated science in high school. Technology? Engineering? Math? Why (cont) tl.gd/n_1sad7l3

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@AAIatKU Can you shed some light on this? It came up tonight in an educator twitter chat :-) twitter.com/wfryer/status/…

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@GingerLewman Hmmm - OK thanks for pointing me to @AAIatKU - I’ll follow up with them :-)

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iReading: @DianeRavitch Q&A on her controversial new book j.mp/1wlmo5G by @valeriestrauss cc @jwalkup

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@angmlittle Hopefully most of the supporters of A-F Report Cart will be out of office in 2015 / in new jobs / out of state gov’t :-)

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angmlittle @jwalkup @wfryer A-F isn’t a clear reflection of how schools are doing so we are using bad data which isn’t helpful for anyone.

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dougeb00 Gr8 article on why current accountability system is inneffective theblaze.com/stories/2013/1…

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@JaydenMills14 We have many good leaders with integrity today, and we have many teachers & schools doing a fantastic job helping Ss learn

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@JaydenMills14 Bureaucracies need checks & balances to curb & prevent waste, but what we need most of all are good leaders with integrity

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@JaydenMills14 Be careful when you make sweeping generalizations like that - You didn’t define the “we” in that statement.

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@jwalkup we need different both in & nationwide. Our myopic focus on HST must end & be replaced by constructive policies

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@jwalkup but high stakes tests aren’t going to improve that, in fact they exacerbate problems (like teacher retention)

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@jwalkup of course there are also big differences in the qualifications & skills of teachers & the quality of learning at different schools

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@jwalkup We need to abandon HST in K-12 schools because it doesn’t support student learning, it supports politician & testing company goals

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@jwalkup What’s going on is that test scores & cut scores are constantly changed & tweaked to meet political ends.

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@JaydenMills14 Sadly, our K12 students are still going to take just as many high stakes tests this year, & keep wasting those $$$

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@JaydenMills14 I think many parents were & are frustrated & upset over high stakes testing, but directed their anger at CCSS.

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@JaydenMills14 Also digital literacy was explicitly addressed & encouraged though digital writing. But, alas, for us now that doesn’t matter

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@JaydenMills14 many things about CCSS were excellent. The expectations for student performance went beyond “minimum.”

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@jwalkup There is certainly value in uncovering & revealing poor school cultures 4 teaching & learning. Stick of HST is poor tool, however

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@jwalkup Have U read either of @DianeRavitch ‘s last 2 books? She does a good job fitting together the pieces of how we got here w

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@jwalkup yes but parents are connected at some level to their own kids. Most don’t care that much about testing charts/graphs in the paper

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@JaydenMills14 there is good dialog that has resulted, however, & I think we are correct to check federal overreach into educational policy

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@JaydenMills14 well, I don’t actually think the repeal was good based on the fact we’d spent 3 years in our district working to implement

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@jwalkup …parents care more about the specific learning of their own children than “aggregate school performance stats” which are fickle

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@jwalkup This would be easier to express in a post rather than a series of tweets, so I’ll consider writing 1 about it. My main point is…

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@jwalkup of course we are all subjective & biased based on our context & situation. I can’t answer as a truck driver b/c that’s not me

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@JaydenMills14 I think the repeal of Common Core this year was very positive from the standpoint of showing the power of parent voices

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@jwalkup As a parent I have a mild interest in aggregate Ss performance stats, but a passionate interest in my children’s learning

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@jwalkup I’d argue what “Ada parents” are most interested in=”Is my child this year being challenged, loved, & stretched to grow by good Ts”

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@JaydenMills14 @jwalkup @thnorfar Yes, absolutely, but we need a strong & more unified parent constituency to do it & overcome testing lobby

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@jwalkup Have you read “Technopoly” by Neil Postman? The addiction we have to data/graphs about school high stakes testing reminds me of it

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@jwalkup @NMeget There are many, many ways organizations build & maintain cultures of quality & high performance that don’t rely on testing

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.@tbbrwn The fundamental role of @oksde needs to change. The purpose of school isn’t testing. The tail needs to stop wagging the dog

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@jwalkup @NMeget I did not use the word “accountability” - I said “high stakes testing.” A big problem we have is the 2 have been conflated

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Does anyone have an article link about KSU writing Kansas K-12 school state standardized tests so $$$ stays in-state?

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@rob_reck you’re saying K-12 state tests in Kansas are now written by KSU? I did search & couldn’t find a ref. Please share a link if U can

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@JaydenMills14 @jwalkup @thnorfar Why not entirely abandon it? High stakes testing does not improve classroom learning it hurts in many ways

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@jwalkup @NMeget It’s not accurate to say “communities” are demanding high stakes testing - that push comes from other quarters

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Remember to register FREE & join our 2nd PD event Sat Oct 4 in playdate.edcampokc.org :-)

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@rob_reck I hadn’t heard or read about Kansas doing that - do you have a link I could read to learn more?

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rob_reck We should consider eliminating testing companies from the picture as Kansas has done - Make our own tests and keep the money.

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@JaydenMills14 @kendremilburn @thnorfar @oueducation well, many performance assessments go beyond just personal opinion - not “art”

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@thnorfar thanks so much for facilitating the chat tonight - great questions & good discussion ! Time flew by! :-)

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386 members of Oklahoma-Ed Twitter list twitter.com/wfryer/lists/o… Follow them all! Also in @Flipboard :-)

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@kendremilburn @JaydenMills14 @thnorfar @oueducation yes, definitely! That is why using media to document PBA can be so powerful

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A7 We need to encourage more Ts & Ss to use VIDEO to document & share performance assessments. AMPLIFY good ideas w social media!

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@kennethdward @HaselwoodMath yes, I agree. Performance assessment is messier & more time consuming than multiple choice :-)

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@JaydenMills14 Yes there will always be variability in individual choices & accomplishments. My point was: Don’t use a single metric

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kasnelson A6: the quote “begin w/the end in mind” comes 2 me. As educators, we must plan/know what skills/abilities we want Ss to be able 2 do

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@kennethdward @HaselwoodMath yes, & there lies “the rub” - too often we assess what is easy & fast, instead of what is REAL

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dougeb00 @HaselwoodMath @thnorfar @JaydenMills14 totally agree, many of my Ss don’t go to college, they do move on and become productive Cit.

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@JaydenMills14 @thnorfar measuring “success” should always be a combination of metrics & factors, not a single number

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@HaselwoodMath Amen to that - we need to stop perpetuating the lie that EVERYONE can or will go directly to college right after HS

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A6 The best performance assessments are co-created by students & teachers to reflect standards/objectives

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A6 effective performance assessments should be tied to “real world” skills relevant outside the classroom / academic environment

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@STLinOK yep, and a big part of that recruitment/retention issue for teachers is SALARY $$$ :-( @jwalkup @JaydenMills14 @thnorfar

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@jwalkup I think the public has been sold a “Technopoly” lie: That school quality can be entirely communicated w charts & graphs :-(

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@jwalkup We know by spending time talking to students & teachers. Engaged learning isn’t hard to identify @JaydenMills14 @thnorfar

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@jwalkup @JaydenMills14 @thnorfar We need more focus on student engagement, meaningful learning, & high quality teachers

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@jwalkup @JaydenMills14 @thnorfar I lot of that desire to know “are ALL our Ss doing well?” is misplaced energy, however

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Fletchsclass Q5: Ss have to follow the steps they’ve learned to solve a real life, authentic problem, or create a product showing growth.

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@angmlittle @thnorfar the answer to your question is we’ve permitted to be driven by testing corporations :-(

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@lsmellott most of what I’m seeing in Google on that involves the ‘The Pregnancy Project’ controversy…

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@JaydenMills14 glad to have you joining the conversation again this week!

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A5 effective “peformance assessment tasks” are measurable & permit students/learners to self-assess as well as receive feedback

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@tbbrwn I think the @oksde needs to do more advocacy & amplification of innovative strategies, & less mandating of assessment format

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@coach57 that’s why we need to move away from our NCLB/RTTT encouraged focused on high stakes testing / accountability

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A4 Teachers & students should be encouraged to create & utilize “digital portfolios” which reflect PBA in different courses/grades

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A4 Teachers at all levels should be encouraged & supported (with quality PD!) to utilize PBA, but it shouldn’t be a state mandate

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A4 We need to move away from an over-emphasis on “formal state assessment” instruments, rather than integrating PBA into them

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@JaydenMills14 @lifelonglearner We’re using 4-3-2-1- scale in @YukonDistrict 4lesson mastery, shows how students can exceed

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lsmellott A3: Let the Ss create their own assessment for the PA, taking ownership of their learning. Mediocre product vs. an excellent one.

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@NMeget @mcvay51 not all scouting merit badges involve PBA, but many do!

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A3 I like using Google Forms for peer feedback on presentations. I used these at UCO for a couple of years, teaching pre-service Ts

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A3 When PBA involves documentation with media, digital feedback can be solicited via interactive writing class websites / blogs

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A3 Rubrics provide 1 of the most clear ways to assess PBA, esp when they include peer as well as teacher review

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@DrTerriOU I think the best way to understand PBA is to be a “student” in a classroom where it’s used effectively

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A2 I asked Ss to create narrated slideshows explaining what they did & learned last yr about cantilever spans goo.gl/402mkG

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@mcvay51yes, that is PA for sure! So is a driver education test “behind the wheel.” Assessments need meaningful contexts!

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@thnorfar 1 way is to invite members of the community to serve on a panel hearing student project proposals / presentations

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@mlexline have your students’ teachers used performance assessments in non-athletic or non-fine art situations?

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A2 I like to ask students to “show what they know & can do” using MEDIA to document & share for “performance assessments”

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angmlittle @Dorman2014 Great having you join us again Rep Dorman!! Love to see Oklahoma leadership active in these chats!!

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@mcvay51 super to have you joining our chat tonight! :-)

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A1 Performance assessment is “showing what you know & can do” for an external evaluator

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“We [school] principals are public servants, not political servants” by @TroyLaRaviere quoted by @valeriestrauss j.mp/XjT3fN

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fantastic YouTube video playlist: Game Design in the Classroom Videos j.mp/1uCH6Om by @dogtrax

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Please register (FREE) to join other Oklahoma teachers Sat Oct 4 for our 2nd PD event! playdate.edcampokc.org

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thnorfar Can’t wait for chat tonight at 8 p.m.! The discussion is about performance assessment. Add your ?s here: bit.ly/1uvxqGj

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iReading: The Path of a Poetic Thought j.mp/1s5NuK4 by @dogtrax

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I used Yahoo Pipes to create an RSS feed showing the most recent @KidblogDotOrg posts by our @IESYukon 4th graders j.mp/1nVT1Su

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free science Bill Nye The Science Guy j.mp/YJbfkj via Kaitlyn Schmidt j.mp/YJbfkk @TheScienceGuy

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iReading: Macworld, the death of print, and the digital revolution j.mp/1wl03oR by @gigaom

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iReading: Let’s Violate the Laws of Physics j.mp/X1RYc0 via @AstroDude Stem

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iReading: Montana by Dirt: Hiking Into the Wild in Glacier National Park j.mp/1y24cmk by @NatGeo

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iReading: Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding j.mp/1uCbVTd by @edutopia via @aprok

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iReading: The Big Picture: NASA gets ready to build the ‘next great rocket’ j.mp/1wkHCRr by @mariella_moon @engadget

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