Doug Wren

Doug Wren worked as a public school teacher and administrator from 1991 through 2019. Now he writes, consults, and enjoys his latest role as an Edjacent designer.

Parents Will Get to Decide What Their Children Are Taught

Earlier this month, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted, “I think parents should decide what their children are taught in schools. That is all.” Like many other deep thinkers in education, Pompeo is qualified to address complex issues in the field because he attended public school.  To his credit, Pompeo graduated first in his …

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Data Literacy MUST Be Taught in Public Schools 

“Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write.” This statement, often misattributed to H. G. Wells (1866-1946), is a paraphrased version of the sci-fi author’s much longer passage by American mathematician Samuel Stanley Wilks (1906-1964). Wells’s original quote is shown at the bottom of this post.   If you saw the …

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Testing: To Infinity and Beyond Reason (Part Two)

Welcome back, gentle readers. In the previous installment of this two-part blog series, I described how the bipartisan No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), with its focus on standardized test results, propelled American education into an era of testing mania. I cited examples of NCLB’s unfortunate consequences, such as a dramatic decrease in classroom instructional …

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Testing: To Infinity and Beyond Reason (Part One)

It’s back to school time and kids everywhere are excited about the prospect of taking lots of tests to measure their “learning loss” during the pandemic and prepare them for state-mandated tests at the end of the school year. In all honesty, testing is not one of the reasons most children want to return to …

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Why Gifted Programs Lack Diversity

by Douglas G. Wren, Ed.D. Before taking a central office job with the DeKalb County (GA) School District, I was a classroom teacher at a magnet school for high achievers. Besides testing students to determine if they qualified for the “gifted” label, I taught an afterschool assessment course to teachers who were seeking their gifted …

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On the Matter of What Matters in Public Education

Doug Wren has served as an elementary school teacher, a research specialist, and director of research & evaluation with the DeKalb County School District in Georgia, and as educational measurement & assessment specialist for Virginia Beach Public Schools.  He currently works as an Edjacent designer and an author and consultant; his latest book is Assessing …

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What if… All Educators Were Assessment Literate?

What if All Educators Were Assessment Literate?– April 16, 2020 by Douglas G. Wren, Ed.D. Doug Wren is a consultant and author of the book Assessing Deeper Learning: Developing, Implementing, and Scoring Performance Tasks. He recently retired from his position as Educational Measurement & Assessment Specialist with Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Before coming to …

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Thoughts on Standardized Testing After the Storm Has Passed

Copyright © 2020 by Douglas G. Wren, Ed.D. Doug Wren has worked in public education for nearly three decades—half of that time as a classroom teacher. He recently retired from Virginia Beach City Public Schools after serving for 12 years as Educational Measurement & Assessment Specialist. Before coming to Virginia Beach, Doug was Director of …

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