The Non-Educators Grading 12 Million US Students

PREPPED FOR PARCC: This spring, around 12 million US students took standardized tests measuring their mastery of Common Core standards. So who grades all those tests? Not necessarily educators.

Over at The New York Times, Motoko Rich explores who Pearson’s 14,500 graders are—from a former wedding planner to a retired medical technologist—and what grading PARCC tests consists of. While some teachers objected to their students being evaluated by non-educators, Pearson’s Bob Sanders sees it as leading to neutral, standardized evaluation, likening the process to that of a food chain: “McDonald’s has a process in place to make sure they put two patties on that Big Mac. We do that exact same thing.”

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