Month: October 2009

The Virginia Department of Education Gives Nod to Draft Science Standards

It’s time to update curriculum in our state – and I’m glad to see the work that has gone into revising the science curriculum.  I also applaud a local resident, Dr. Jim Batterson, for his support and initiative in improving science standards. Here’s an article about the standards: http://hamptonroads.com/2009/10/state-education-board-oks-draft-science-standards    This is good time for Virginian’s…

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MEAP Writing Rubrics

In September 2009, the Michigan Department sent out a listserve message to solicit feedback and comments about the new MEAP writing rubric for compare and contrast.  I could hardly wait to look at it.  I want you to know what I submitted. Debs Comments for New MEAP Writing Rubrics I think it’s great that the…

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Unpacking the Compare and Contrast Standard for the New MEAP Writing Test

Comparing and contrasting are thinking skills.  It just so happens that in Fall 2010, the Michigan Department of Education will assess students in their ability to write a compare-and-contrast paragraph.  In my blog, I’ll be providing ideas that I hope will be useful to you.  I also hope that you’ll consider adding ideas.  If there…

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