OECS launches international JERK assessment
Seemingly envious of the huge (and lucrative) success of the OECD’s PISA and the IEA’s TIMSS testing programs, the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has devised and is marketing its own assessment system, the Judging Educational Results and Knowledge (JERK) exam. Fearing the effect that global warming may have on low-lying island shorelines and traditional tropical tourism, JERK is meant to raise money and awareness of the Caribbean’s other offerings. Aimed at preschoolers—the optimal age to develop a taste for authentic Caribbean seasoning—the principal subjects covered are off-shore banking and maritime exports. Every child who takes and completes the test gets a spicy chicken leg courtesy of Golden Krust (test underwriter and America’s largest Caribbean-food chain). Eat your heart out, OECD, but wash it down with a glass of milk if you can’t stand the heat.
The DOE announced today a new initiative involving PARCC, SBAC, EOCs, SATs, and ACTs. Under this effort, K–12 students with an IEP or 504, as well as those in GATE, ESE, or ESOL programs, will benefit from new rubrics to determine GPA and IQ. The intent of this initiative is to increase non-cognitive as well as twenty-first-century skills using gamification, MOOCs, scaffolding, and, of course, text complexity. The initiative has the backing of the NEA, AFT, NCTM, NCTE, and NCSS, multiple DHFS and DOCs, as well as SEAs, LEAs, and PTAs across the nation. Schools...