A year or so ago, I took my GRE exam - a two-hour exam which was my last obstacle to be an official graduate student (I had gotten in on a waiver since the program was new). It took me two hours and I got my scores on the spot (I even passed it, believe it or not). Many other similar tests are administered and scored via computer. If it's done for those seeking professional certifications and entry into graduate programs, then I have two questions:
- So why does the PACT test have to be done the way it is?
- Who stands to benefit/profit from the way it is presently being done?
The answers to these questions will likely tell us a lot about why they won't modernize the state's assessment tests.
About five years ago, when a friend of mine who was then on the State Board of Education was one of those who tried to stop local school districts from continuing to creep their start dates back to early August. Why the need for a change? They need more time to teach the PACT test ... to get the desired scores ... to rig the system.
- A Game of PACT Scam? (2/23/2007)
Students in South Carolina will no longer take the Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test if the state education superintendent gets his way.
On Thursday, Superintendent Jim Rex proposed sweeping reform to the state testing system. His plan is to replace the standardized test for third- through eighth-graders with a new accountability test that would consume less time at the end of the school year and to devote more time to diagnostic tests.
Rex hopes to bring the plan to the state Education Oversight Committee and the General Assembly for approval in 2008.
Students could begin taking the new test in spring 2009.
-Myrtle Beach Sun News (5/18/2007)
It is past time we sought to better identify the accomplishments and needs of South Carolina school children, instead of guarantees employment for over-paid consultants. Our children should come first, and in this area, we're glad Rex is on board.