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New Study: Too Many Structured Activities Hinder…

The following study, released June 17, 2014, concludes that too many structured activities hinder children’s executive functioning. Conversely, independence and the ability to choose lead to better executive functioning (behaviors that involve decision making, planning, critical thinking, goal setting, etc). This study is focused on young children (ages six and seven). I am grateful that…

Test Validity and Test Reliability

  In addition to concerns about killing engagement, we must begin to consider more diligently the validity and reliability of standardized tests in an educational environment. For decades, the emphasis placed on test scores has captured our nation’s attention. Reform efforts have a common end goal: test scores and data. Very important, life-changing decisions are based on the data…