Imbellus Assessments: Out of the Gate with $23M and McKinsey & Co. as Client

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On January 11, 2019, Mark Bauerlein of the James B. Martin Center posted a piece entitled, “Be Wary of This Test,” about a testing startup, Imbellus, which has an impressive website deficient in any substance. Even so, Imbellus already has $23M in venture capital funding behind it.

According to Bloomberg, Imbellus was incorporated in 2015.

Imbellus is also on Twitter, with the last posting in June 2017.

The founder of Imbellus, 26-year-old Harvard dropout, Rebecca Kantar, is featured as one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30 2019 startups with $15 million plus in funding.”

What Kantar purports to do is create a cognitive assessment to rival– and apparently replace– the likes of the SAT and ACT. From Kantar’s Imbellus site:

Imbellus is reinventing how we measure human potential.

We build simulation-based assessments to evaluate how people think, not just what they know.

For nearly 100 years, college admissions…

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I have
written a number of entries regarding “understanding” in math. I have discussed
various misunderstandings about understanding in math. There are two statements I haven’t addressed,
which for me raise many questions.

I have heard
many people express the thought that “Calculation is the price we used to have
to pay to do math. It’s no longer the case. What we need to learn is the mathematical
understanding.”

And often on
the heels of this statement I will be told that they had done well in math all
through elementary school, but when they got to algebra in high school they hit
a wall. Or, similarly, they did great in
high school, and hit a wall with calculus.

There is
much information that we do not have from such statements.

  • Was the education they received
    really devoid of any kind of understanding and all rote?
  • Are there people who…

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Oh, Lordy! Bill Gates Will Invest in Common Core-Aligned Curriculum

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Bill Gates never gives up, and he sure isn’t abandoning his Common Core baby.

But he is not investing much. Only $10 million to train teachers to use Common Core curricula.

For this multiBillionaire, that’s not an investment, it’s more like throwing a few coins out there. Maybe it’s just a signal to his grantees that he is not yet ready yo throw in the towel.

Edweek reports:


The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans to invest in professional development providers who will train teachers on “high quality” curricula, the philanthropy announced this afternoon.

The announcement fleshes out the curricular prong of the education improvement strategy the influential foundation laid out in late 2017, a major pivot away from its prior focus on teacher performance.

The investment, at around $10 million, is a tiny portion of the approximately $1.7 billion the philanthropy expects to put into K-12 education by 2022…

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How is Understanding Measured? — traditional math

I have written about understanding in math, and the education establishment’s view of it. With all this talk about how it is important for students to “know math” and not just “do math” the question arises: “How do we measure a student’s understanding as opposed to their ability to go through procedures?” That is, how […]

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#MakeAmericaDebateAgain: A Stronger, Healthier Republic Requires Open Debates — IVN.us

#MakeAmericaDebateAgain: A Stronger, Healthier Republic Requires Open Debates It’s 2019 and the United States of America still has a democracy problem. A few powerful studies have summed it up differently, but the heart of the problem is that despite Lincoln’s claim that we ever had a government of, by, and for the people, we have always had unrepresentative and unresponsive government. In recent…

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Is Sweden’s education system falling apart? If so, what is to blame: vouchers or progressivism? — relinquishment

Sweden adopted an expansive school voucher system in 1992. Since then, Sweden’s PISA scores have tumbled. Sweden’s PISA scores shot up a bit in 2015, which is good to see. But it’s worth exploring why they dropped in the first place. There are two main theories why the scores dropped: some blame the voucher system and some […]

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Court Overturns New Jersey’s PARCC Graduation Requirement — Truth in American Education

A state appellate court ruled unanimously on Monday against the New Jersey Department of Education’s requirement that students pass two assessments before they graduate. Unfortunately, it is due to the number of tests required, not the requirement itself. The Associated Press reports: The unanimous decision was made public Monday but won’t take effect for 30…

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IRS Provides Interim Guidance on Tax on High Nonprofit CEO Compensation — Non Profit News | Nonprofit Quarterly

“2012-106 Tax Day,” Denise Krebs December 31, 2018; Accounting Today Remember that tax bill passed by Congress in 2017? Built into that bill was the imposition of an excise tax for nonprofit organizations paying employees in excess of $1 million. (If you need a reminder, please read this, which NPQ published almost exactly one year…

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But first, here are a few more! — Catherine & Katharine

I’ve been gearing up for a promised post examining the various messages generated by Facilitated Communication, but in the meantime a few other FC examples have crossed my path. Here’s another one involving wrist-supported FC. This facilitated individual graduated from high school with honors and became a student at Tulane University. He is majoring in […]

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