“Dan Rather Reports” Studies Standardized Test Scores

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While our students nationwide take mandatory tests – who is evaluating the evaluators? – Tuesday, September 20 at 8:00 p.m. ET

DALLAS (September 15, 2011) – This coming Tuesday, “Dan Rather Reports” will present an in-depth study into how the system for the grading and evaluation of national, standardized testing works – or doesn’t work – in some cases.

The “No Child Left Behind” Bill, enacted in 2002, says that all public school children from grades three through eight are subject to mandatory testing. The scores of these tests will be used, not only to evaluate the students, but also the teachers, principals and entire schools.

In response to the many concerns expressed about traditional, multiple choice tests, many of these tests now feature more open-ended, essay-style questions in order to better present the full scope of a student’s knowledge.

But who is grading these open-ended questions and how are they scored?

Most of the tests are NOT scored in your local school, but shipped to private companies who hire thousands of workers to sit in scoring centers and grade the tests. On average, they score one test every sixty seconds.

“It looked like a textile factory you know, except you’re working at all these computers,” said Dan DiMaggio, who used to grade these tests. “It was just like a test scoring assembly line.”

To view a clip from the program, please visit the Dan Rather Reports blog.

How are students being affected by these test and what does US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan think future test should look like? Find out Tuesday night on “Dan Rather Reports.”

“Dan Rather Reports” premieres on HDNet, Tuesday, September 20 at 8:00 p.m. ET with an encore presentation at midnight ET.

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