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When I got to the sentence
“If it doesn’t take a person with subject knowledge to score the essay, it doesn’t take a person with subject knowledge to write it.”
I thought of Todd Farley and his book “Making The Grades”‘
” Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose” (pardon my French, and excuse the lack of accents)
So go and read the rest : http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2015/06/mcgrading-mctest.html?
and then read Farley’s book.
Thank you Audrey Watters for leading me to this exposure of the behaviour of testing corporations.
These two are MUST READs, and should be passed on to everybody:
A method used in manufacturing for product testing, where the product is
designed for a single action, and is used in practice as an insurance. The
best example is vehicle air bags. To see if they work a car is driven into
a wall, and the effect on the dummy people in the car is assessed.
Unfortunately some medical procedures can have a similar effect, of course
unintended. The classic case is amniocintesis, a procedure for assessing
the presence of Down’s Syndrome in the fetus. The reality was that the
probability of a fetus having the syndrome was way smaller than the
probability of the procedure itself causing a miscarriage. Initially, and
for quite a long time this was not realised. Eventually the test was only
offered to women who had a higher chance anyway of having a syndrome baby.
Could there be a connection between this stuff and the roll out of high
stakes testing in schools. Think about it.