Thursday, May 04, 2006

Northeast SAT Scores Disproportionately in Error

The testing industry has outgrown its ability to accurately and fairly deliver test results. That's been clear for a while. A NY Senator is trying to regulate this industry and shares some good ideas in this article. Connecticut should take note.

In Wake of SAT Errors, Senator Seeks New Rules on College Testing
Published: May 3, 2006, NYTimes

In addition to the free and automatic disclosure of questions and answers, his bill is likely to require testing companies to respond to student requests for hand scoring because of possible errors in 5 to 10 days rather than 3 to 5 weeks, he said.

It will probably also require the companies to do more sampling of their scoring to ensure better quality control, he said.

Mr. LaValle said he favored outside oversight of the industry but was trying to figure out "who is the proper agency to do this."


Robert A. Schaeffer, public education director of the group FairTest, which says tests are often overused, called for outside oversight. He said he favored a model like the Food and Drug Administration. "There is stronger public oversight and control over the food we feed our pets than for the tests administered to our children," he said.

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