"Expert scorers." You mean, the folks who are paid $11 an hour to grade these things right now? Hired by the companies that pay temps $8 an item to actually write the tests?
The folks who make Todd Farley's Making the Grades essential reading for anyone who cares about this topic? The ones who argue about whether grass is a "food" - and their decision makes or breaks an entire district?
This is the part of the story that's the most important, but gets the least attention: these tests are a joke, in their construction, administration, and grading. But we're going to base our entire education system around them, which leads to the inevitable result:
It's the same black hole that sucks up the matter of vetting the actual tests themselves (matter/matter... black holes... get it? Yeah, sorry...). We blindly believe these are valid, reliable instruments, but we don't bother to actually prove it.
Could it be the army of lobbyists from the testing industry descending into the state houses have something to do with this? Or am I being too cynical again, and I just have to trust that large corporations really have the best interests of children at heart at all times?
The only ray of hope I take from this entire story is that the media is talking to people like Leonie. If that ends, we're toast.