The Common Core national assessment being developed right now will apparently require teachers to grade it as it will have open-ended, critical thinking questions to which their is no specific right answer.
(per Linda Darling-Hammond's presentation to NGA where she said teachers would be the graders)
Apart from the difficulty of knowing where our kids really stand, this will mean employing more salaried human beings with benefits rather than that disinterested computer scantron without union representation.
Hadn't thought of that.
So we've got, coming down the pike, 4 new categories of public school employment:
- teachers to provide "Tier 2" intervention
- instructional coaches in math & ELA (& other - ?)
- curriculum specialists to 'develop' curriculum
- stipends for teachers scoring the groovy new Common Core assessments, should such occur
fyi: our Director of Pupil Personnel says that "Response to Intervention" is starting with reading instruction but will then be expanded to include all of the other subjects (and ages) as well. If that is the case, we are looking at paying teachers to teach up to 15% of the K-12 student population in tiny groups of 3 to 5 students. (I think our administrator said 18%, but I'll check.)