Just about this time each year, we hear the pronouncement from our Department of Education that public examinations have been scored and transcripts are in the mail.
Inevitably, this is followed by an observation that scores have improved. Wrong!
The Department of Education has absolutely no proof grades have improved over the past.
If the province kept the difficulty level of the examinations constant from year to year, we might find that there is indeed improvement.
As it is pronouncements on improvement are nothing but unproven propaganda exercises.
It is an opportunity missed, since holding the difficulty level of examinations constant from year to year is a straightforward, low cost-exercise if led by a professional knowledgeable in test theory.
Some years ago, one of our premiers declared that Newfoundland and Labrador would professionalize its civil service.
While this was applauded by many, and may have happened in some government departments, it has been derailed in education, especially in the area of test development.
Until that is fixed, we will wander in the proverbial desert, muttering to ourselves that everything is OK, even though dark clouds are gathering on the horizon.
This impending storm will have to be dealt with sooner or later.
I hope we can weather it when it hits.
Russ Blandon (retired teacher/test consultant)