And "meaningful testing" is Wayne's Newspeak for "education".  Of course, a test is "meaningful" if, and only if, he says it is. Naturally, he doesn't give us any other meaningful criterion for making that decision. 

On Wed, 24 Apr 2013 19:00:39 -0600, Wayne Bishop <wbishop@calstatela.edu> wrote:

Such behavior is "clearly outrageous" for which there is "no excuse."  ...  Maintain the status quo.

"FairTest" has always been the education industry's Newspeak name for "NoTest".  There has not been, nor ever will be, a test of student performance or teacher competence that is meaningful.  Here is another example that, on the surface, seems reasonable.  Such behavior is "clearly outrageous" for which there is "no excuse."  Except for one small detail, using the exams in any meaningful way is the real problem.  Nothing about firing the teachers or principals, not even letters of reprimand to their personnel files.  Maintain the status quo.

--Lou Talman

Department of Mathematical & Computer Sciences 
Metropolitan State University of Denver

<http://rowdy.msudenver.edu/~talmanl>