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Monthly Archives: February 2017

What’s All the Fuss about Proficiency versus Growth Assessment?

On January 17, 2017, the senate confirmation committee asked Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary, how she would measure student achievement. She struggled to answer and when pressed, did not seem to know the difference between two common types of student measurements, proficiency versus growth assessment. So what is the difference between proficiency...
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Key to Knowledge Transfer: Self-Directed Learning

Malcolm Knowles, one of the fathers of adult learning theory, wrote the following in his landmark book The Adult Learner:

Teaching is a process of guided interaction between the teacher, the student, and the materials of instruction. Teaching, like medical practice, is mostly a matter of cooperation with nature. The function of the teacher...

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