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    I especially appreciated this tidbit:

    Our preeminent research institution, the National Academies, have warned against using testing for firing and hiring decisions.
    Besides testing students to death, sadly, many districts are now administering make-or-break multiple-choice "personality tests" to prospective new teachers they're considering hiring, such as the Gallup TeacherInsight Test (TM). Apparently, 80% of the people who take this thing flunk it. And that totally kills their chances with any district they're applying to that uses it. There exists online a culture of applicants to teacher jobs, looking to game this test.

    The troubling news is that this noxious instrument, and ones like it, are gaining in popularity. More and more districts are using them, paying serious money to outside for-profit contractors.

    If I sound a tiny bit sore, it's because I apparently flunked this test recently. Guess that's because I allowed that I "read nonfiction a lot in my spare time," and "liked to suggest reading material to others." (They want to hire exclusively authority-worshiping puppets for teacher jobs.) Anyway, this was a nowhere district I had to take the Gallup test for, in a boring-ass central California town, where nobody would want to live, anyway. Heh, once the economy improves slightly, and the teacher shortage really kicks in, I'm delighted to think these idiots will be scrambling for teachers. And nobody at all will be interested in working there. What will they think of this Gallup idiocy that they paid through the nose for then? Awww.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 06:21:27 PM PDT

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