Educator: A Curious Test of Leadership, Designed by Pearson

Diane Ravitch's blog

A comment by a reader:

I have been a teacher of special needs children in NYC for the past eleven years and also have an advanced degree in educational administration. I am now looking to utilize it.

Here’s my issue– I just took a Pearson test under the most arcane circumstances.

It was the eight hour marathon of the two-part school building leader exam. Throughout the exam on a computer that was not functioning right, jack hammers were being pile driven above my head (and other test takers like me) on the floor above the “Pearson Professional Building” test site. They gave us tight headphones to wear and the vibrations were still felt. It was insane! Fun fact, did you know that Pearson does not allow you to bring water into the testing room? It’s true. For four hours at a shot you have to find water elsewhere. Are they afraid…

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