March 18, 2006

Another double standard

It must be nice to be a big honcho in a publishing company that runs standardized tests. Your company earns millions from accountability laws, and with the exception of New York State's Truth in Testing law, you're pretty much scot-free of accountability yourself. And when asked...

But some in the industry say regulation is unnecessary and will raise the price of testing. "When something like this occurs, you want to make sure you don't create regulations or ways of doing things that increase costs and don't improve the quality of service," said Gaston Caperton, the College Board president. (from the New York Times article on the subject)

Gee, why didn't teachers think of this language when accountability became the rage—"We'd like to be accountable, but we don't want to overregulate teaching and increase costs without improving instruction"? I don't think that would have flown, had it been run up the flagpole.

My prediction: there will be regulation, because of states' legal obligations to oversee contracts appropriately, and most state departments of education don't have the resources to have a broad view of things. And because of that double-standard issue.

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Posted in Education policy on March 18, 2006 6:22 AM |