Teacher: The Trials of Scoring Pearson Exams

The dumbing down of testing – abysmal quality control could be heading our way with Pearson Education’s now involved in NAPLAN

Diane Ravitch's blog

Not everyone who scores Pearson tests is hired from Craig’s List or Kelly Temps. Julie Campbell, a fifth-grade teacher in Néw York recently scored student responses. She stresses that she is not opposed to Common Core or to standardized tests, but she is very troubled by the kind of thinking that is rewarded in the tests.

Because she signed a confidentiality agreement, she does not discuss items on this year’s exams, but released questions from last year.

She writes:

“First things first, one of the most disturbing trends that I have found examining this year’s and last year’s (released) tests is a shift in thinking toward a kind of intellectual relativism. In other words, any claim that a student makes is correct if he or she substantiates it with some evidence. On the surface this doesn’t sound terribly problematic, but when you start to examine some of the anchor…

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