Measuring Academic Progress: An Alternative Proven Approach

Ever since Sir Francis Galton developed the concept of the “normal curve”, a continuing academic debate has raged regarding its characteristics, and its application. The emergence and dominance of the entire field of statistics on social science research has determined how experimentation is designed, analyzed and reported. It also underlies how academic and other tests…

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What Are Behavioral Objectives? Part 4 of 5: Setting Measurement Standards

This is the fourth article in a five part series about Behavioral Objectives. The articles in order of publication are: Behavioral Objectives; An Overview The Scope and Sequence Chart Gantt Charts for Progress Planning Setting Standards of Achievement or Fluency Why This Component Works Types of Standards There are lots of ways to set objectives…

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Precision Teaching Series – Part 1 of 5: What is Precision Teaching?

The Precision Teaching Series This series of 5 blogs will introduce you to the Precision Teaching Method created by Ogden R. Lindsley for data collection, data analysis and decision making. Part 1: Precision Teaching – What is it? Part 2: Benefits of Precision Teaching Part 3: Common Conventions of using the Standard Celeration Chart Part…

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How fast do you walk, speak, read or breathe? And you don’t know? … Interesting.

Frequency Measures of Common Human Skills and Activities In my last blog, I promised that I would provide some information on the frequencies of some typical human behaviors. Despite engaging in these behaviors for literally years, we usually have no specific information regarding the rate at which we do them. That is not unusual for…

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How Common Human Frequencies Affect Learning: One Concrete Example of a Fundamental Academic Skill

Much of what students do in school on a day-to-day basis involves using a pen, marker or pencil. The productivity of students in their use of these tools varies widely. Humans can create 150 to 160 legible characters or numerals per minute. Sometimes students are far from being able to write letters or numbers at…

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Using Frequency to Assess a Student’s Reading Performance

How fast do you walk, speak, read or breathe? How long have you been walking, speaking, reading and breathing?  And you don’t know? …. Interesting.

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