RTTT: Testing Companies "Streamline" Scoring, Oversight
First, the NY Post told of an “outraged Brooklyn teacher” who turned whistle blower after being hired to score open-ended student responses on the New York state math test (NY passes students who get wrong answers on tests). That teacher was aghast to discover students were being given credit for partial or incorrect answers. In other words, wrong answers were being credited for being sorta’ right. Those scores were recorded and counted towards the students’ final test results.
Meanwhile, the Miami Herald reported on the failures of NCS Pearson to both administer the state’s FCAT test and to return the scores on time (Glitches delay FCAT scores). The story also revealed that NCS Pearson changed a decades long policy of having two scorers read each student essay and instead are having just one temporary employee read them, eliminating any scoring oversight from the process.