December 28, 2006

Preface passage: accountability and test contracts

My job here is not quite done: I need to write the acknowledgments and complete the marketing questionnaire. But the rest is done. Done. Done! (at least until the copyeditor comes back with 1001 queries)

The following is a short passage from the preface. I scrolled down and up fairly randomly and then snipped a bit from the paragraph:

Many states established a link between testing and school accountability by the end of the 1970s, though the local history varied.... When creating testing programs, state departments of education knew they did not have to write or administer the testing program itself, because the testing industry already existed from the decades-long relationships with local school districts. State officials thus became and remain contract managers, overseeing a private company assigned the responsibility of creating, printing, and scoring tests.

There will be more stuff on the book's themes in the near future, but that's enough for now. 

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Posted in Accountability Frankenstein on December 28, 2006 11:52 PM |