I found myself making the strange hiss sounds of “assessment,” a sound so savagely obnoxious that my friends began to hint that I was opening the gates to the barbarians.Alex Tabarrok on US teacher absences.
I tried to conciliate them by substituting the term “evidence” for “assessment,” but they were too smart for that. And when I found I needed to investigate the various instruments that had been developed to help measure student learning, it was clear to many friends that I had gone over to the dark side. Terms such as NSSE, CLA, HERI, and CIRP were shibboleths that marked me as one of them.
On a typical school day, 5-6% of teachers are absent, i.e. equivalent to an absence once every 20 days!Jake has a nice chart showing endowment returns relative to some benchmarks.
The very, very, very scary side of game theory.