In this alternately amusing and appalling exposAc of the standardized test industry, fifteen-year veteran Todd Farley describes statisticians who make decisions about students without even looking at their test answers; state education officials willing to change the way tests are scored whenever they donat like the results; and massive, multi-national, for-profit testing companies who regularly opt for expediency and profit over the altruistic educational goals of teaching and learning. Although there are absurd moments--as when Farley and coworkers had to grade students based on how they described the taste of their favorite food-- the enormous importance of standardized tests in the post aNo Child Left Behinda era make this no laughing matter. aThis book is dynamite! The nice personal voice makes it utterly accessible and enticing, wholly apart from the terribly important ammunition it provides to those of us in the `testing warsa at national and local levels.aaJonathan Kozol, author of Savage InequitiesInstead, we sat at our desks, scoring and scoring, essay after essay, hour after hour, day after day. The more essays I saw, the easier the job became. Instead of using a six-point rubric, the reality was I was using a three- pointer: 1a#39;s wereanbsp;...
|Title||:||Making the Grades|
|Publisher||:||Berrett-Koehler Publishers - 2011-01-01|