Psychometrics; student assessment; education indicators; research on teaching
Andy Porter is considered the nation’s leading expert on standardized testing. He is the founding director of the Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning (C-SAIL), which examines how various college- and career-ready standards are implemented, if they improve student learning, and what instructional tools measure and support their implementation. Porter previously served as dean of Penn GSE.
Ebony Elizabeth Thomas discussed the casting of a black woman as Ariel in the upcoming “Little Mermaid” remake. “Whether it’s seeing people of color traveling faster than the speed of light, or as superheroes, dragons, or even mermaids, when we see ourselves in these roles, even as kids we believe we can do anything,” she said. “These images shape our minds on a subconscious level.”