The standardized testing industry is taking over the American public school classroom.
Increasingly more class time is being devoted to preparing for and administering standardized tests in the name of “global competitiveness” and ensuring students are “college and career ready.”
Even though promoters of corporate reform idolize standardized testing to the degree that many seem to honestly believe standardized testing a flawless indicator of both student progress and teacher worth, there are many weak points to such a position.
For the time being, let us just consider one: The test scorers.
The constructed response portions of most standardized tests are graded by human beings.
Who are these people?
Temp workers with at least some college experience and who are hired en masse with little to no supervision– and whose college transcripts need might not even be verified.
Take the assessment company, Measured Progress. It directs individuals interested in temporary test…
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