I've said before that with a little creativity, we can use test scores to balance the budget. When times are good, dumb down the tests and hand out extra merit pay; when times are bad, make the tests harder, and merit pay drops.But this summer’s release in itself provided drama, as the state without explanation pulled back the elementary school language arts scores delivered in July and released new, slightly higher ones in the waning days of August.In the end, the difference may not have been that great for most students – a point or two on the scale -- but state officials said the adjustments did raise the statewide pass rate for these tests by up to 5 percentage points across New Jersey.What exactly those new pass rates are remains a mystery, and some local districts still reported considerable declines. State officials said the scores will not be released publicly for a few more weeks at least.
This is even better: just change the scoring after the test has been taken. You don't even have to rewrite the test - talk about a cost savings!
(What scares me is that there are most certainly people who will read the above and think I'm not joking...)