Saturday, September 28, 2013

Was There Cheating?


It’s really about time to stop beating around the proverbial bush.

We have now been promised a presentation about the most recent round of MCAS scores.

The basic question that needs to be answered is, after a period of seeming progress, how did the results plummet so dramatically?

It’s not merely that the failure rates for 10th graders doubled.

How could last year’s sixth graders, who failed the math portion at a 49% rate, plummet to a 60% failure rate in math as this year’s seventh graders?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Buzz Kill


Basan “Buzz” Nembirkow
I was fascinated by School Superintendent Basan “Buzz” Nembirkow’s response to committee member Kara Donovan’s inquiry about the recent MCAS results at last night's school committee meeting.

In contrast to what has been a quiet and reserved public demeanor since becoming superintendent, it was clear to me at least that his blood pressure was a mite over the boiling point.

He promised a presentation on the MCAS results at the next School Committee meeting, indicating in no small way his dissatisfaction with them.

94% Of Americans Will Pay Less Than Expected For Obamacare


A report issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) shows that in about 94 percent of cases the Congressional Budget Office overestimated how high premiums would be. Those estimates were initially made at the time Obamacare was being debated.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Review of “The Blacklist” in seven words

Hannibal Lecter is partnered
with Dana Scully.   

This would appear to be the emergence of a new template spurred by the success of Breaking Bad.
Series creator Vince Gilligan characterized it as "Mr. Chips becomes Scarface".
This leads me to wonder what the people who pitch pilots to the various networks will come up with in the season ahead.