Did you know that big testing corporations hire low-wage temps to score students’ written answers to their tests? The scorers need to have a bachelor’s degree in any subject but no teaching eexperience is necessary. On their snap judgment hang the test scores that will determine the future of students and the jobs of their teachers and the fate of their schools.


I first learned about this shocking arrangement when I read Todd Farley’ “Making the Grades: My Misadventures in the Standardized Testing Industry,” which is the most important insider exposé of the industry that sorts, ranks, and labels our nation’s children. And if you want to read another stunning insight into the industry, read this brilliant article by Dan DiMaggio in 2010.


The beat goes on.


Just a few days ago, someone tweeted this ad he found on Craig’sList in Indianapolis:


“Test Evaluators Needed (to score K-12 standardized tests) (Indianapolis, IN)


“Compensation: $11.05/hr contract job


“If you have a Bachelor’s degree or higher, we need your help to evaluate student assessment tests. Come apply!


“For more information and to schedule an appointment visit our website http://www.kellyservices.us/ctb or call us at 1-877-535-5981


“Please be prepared to spend two hours going to through the application / orientation process. Please bring two forms of identification to complete and I-9 and bring proof of your degree.


“These are project based positions. Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm


“Position Requirements:


-Must hold a completed Bachelor’s degree or higher


-Ability to sit and at a computer station for full work day


-Basic computer knowledge


-Knowledge of standard writing conventions and mechanics


-Availability to work Monday through Friday for the entire duration of a project


-Demonstrate flexibility while working on various projects”


Nothing new. Just remember. These crucial tests–make or break for students and teachers–are being scored by hourly temps.