Pearson Looked for Test Graders on Texas Craigslist


You just can’t make this stuff up.

By now, many Texans are familiar with the backlash against the over-testing of our students in public schools. Most of this backlash has focused on the amount of tests being given and the amount of time, energy and resources being spent on “teaching to the test” as opposed to our students mastering and retaining the information.

Another issue has just surfaced that has caused significant concern about our testing and accountability system. Of all places, this concern arose on craigslist.org. If you aren’t familiar with craigslist, it is an online classified advertising service where you can buy and sell almost anything. But, that’s not the troubling part.

On November 29, 2012, Pearson Testing ran an advertisement in Austin looking for people to help grade the written portion of the Texas standardized tests. The ad offers to pay college graduates $12/hour. The qualifications? According to the Craigslist ad, “Bachelor degree required – any field welcome.”

Prior to seeing this ad, we have heard concerns from across the state about the state’s standardized testing system, the rigidity of the state’s accountability system, and the quality of the people grading the written portion of the state’s test and the consistency of the results. Now we have a better idea why.

H/T: Diane Ravitch’s Blog

Pearson receives $750 million in contracts from just two states – Texas and Florida. Their philanthropic arm remains a major contributor to Jeb Bush’s foundation. Last December, Bush wrote an editorial in support of Pearson’s Texas STARR exams.

About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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4 Responses to Pearson Looked for Test Graders on Texas Craigslist

  1. Diane Kepus says:

    Are anay of us surprised? I doubt it!

  2. robert says:

    Diane must have failed the written part of the test.

  3. Ro says:

    Really? Typos? How about focusing on the main idea of the piece. You must have failed the reading portion.

    The Bush brothers aren’t even subtle are they? Can’t they be kicked back to their birth state, please!

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