David Dunn, the acting under secretary of education, said that the Bush administration was addressing the dearth of psychometricians in its wider efforts to raise the number of math and science graduates and that officials had confidence in the testing industry.FairTest, however, is not so sure that Buffy's and Biff's SAT scores can be counted on, shall we say:
Robert A. Schaeffer of FairTest, a watchdog group, said competition for psychometricians had many switching employers for higher salaries, meaning that they typically had less experience with employers' test products. State agencies, Mr. Schaeffer said, had short staffs, resulting in less oversight.
"All of these reduce quality control, makes the possibility of errors greater," he said.
Psychometricians worry that the shortage could lead to breaches of standards.
Troublemakers can never see the sunny side:
Still, the situation has delighted some, who see their industry gaining prestige and say that properly used tests can be a powerful tool in improving instruction and student achievement. Of course, they also see brightening financial prospects.
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