My View: One-year change in test results doesn’t make a ‘trend’
August 6th, 2012
06:20 AM ET

My View: One-year change in test results doesn’t make a ‘trend’

Courtesy Aaron M. PallasBy Aaron Pallas, Special to CNN

Editor’s note: Aaron M. Pallas is Professor of Sociology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He writes for the blog "A Sociological Eye on Education" for The Hechinger Report.

(CNN) – It's the dead of summer, and many states are releasing the results of testing done in the spring. A lot happens between the time that a student fills in the last bubble and a score is produced.

Some things are just general logistics: collecting the exams, routing them to the appropriate destination and processing students' responses to multiple-choice questions using high-speed scanners. Others require more judgment: Scorers must review and rate students' responses to open-ended questions to which they must construct an answer, using a grading rubric, or guide to the elements of a good response.

But even more judgment is required after that, much of which takes place behind closed doors.

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