It’s perfectly fair.
Standardized tests mean just that: everybody gets the same test. It’s multiple guess. Just take your pencil and bubble in a), b), c) or d). Piece of cake. Everybody has a 25% chance of getting the right answer. That totally levels the playing field, right?
Teachers, please stop whining if you’re afraid your students aren’t so good at guessing. So they may have just arrived in the US and don’t speak English. So they might have disabilities. So what? Your job is to teach them how to guess well. Give them old standardized tests to practice with. Drill them ’till they improve their odds. Maybe you could get somebody from Gamblers Anonymous to help out in your class. GA’s are supposed to do service as part of their recovery. Be creative! Your job’s on the line.
Actually, tying data to job performance is a brilliant idea. Simple. Elegant. Data is easy to collect and upload and, as a bonus, doing this stimulates the economy. There are gazillions to be made creating new exams, collecting and scoring data. It’s a time saver in the work place, too. Bosses can study spreadsheets without leaving their offices. No employee observations necessary. Let’s think bigger. Imagine how great our country would be if data ruled all the professions?
Medicine? What if…?
…Surgeons: How many of your patients die in one year? Over 65%? License revoked. Back to counter duty at the vitamin shop.
…Psychiatrists? Two successful suicides over a 12 month period – you get a “U” rating and re-assignment as a sentry on the nearest suspension bridge.
…Dermatologists, Gerontologists, Emergency Room specialists? You fail to cure chronic itching, persistent irritable bowel syndrome, and there’s a >4 hour waiting period for a stroke victim? Throw all the data into the computer. Rank ’em. Deliver the pink slips.
…Politicians? (To prevent a system crash from data overload, we need to go easy on them.) OK, you’re allowed 20 lies per annum. You’re caught in #21 plus prevarications? Your seat is vacated and it’s back to your B-job: loan shark. Keep that data coming.
How ’bout other public servants? Lessee..
…Firefighters? Simple arithmetic. Too many fires breaking out in your neighborhood? Your fault. Shut down the station and bring in a swarm o’ suits to figure out how to get those inflammatory numbers down.
…Police? Crime rate on your beat going through the roof? Ciao.
And let’s not forget…
…Lawyers? Lose 18% of frivolous personal injury cases and you’re barred from within 200 feet of any ambulance.