March 12 & 13, 2008 Measured Progress Job Fair
Commentary by Tim Horrigan; March 9, 2008
In early March 2008, Measured Progress ran newspaper ads for an upcoming job fair: they are recruiting Test Readers to work at their flagship Dover, NH scoring facility. The main subject areas would be Math and Reading, but the company may be recruiting scorers for other areas such as Writing, Science, and Health. The NECAP and MCAS tests are two of the many tests scored at this facility. The job fairs will be on Wednesday March 12 and Thursday March 13 from 3pm to 7pm. The company is looking for scorers for projects beginning at the end of March 2008 and continuing throughout the winter, spring and summer (although perhaps not after July 1st, when the next fiscal year begins.)
The pay is $10.50/hour with no benefits and little or no hope of ever getting a raise. Preferably, you need at least a Bachelor's degree, although they can hire a few workers with an Associate's degree or the equivalent. (The contracts with the various state education departments who are Measured Progress's customers invariably stipulate that umpty-ump percent of the test scorers will have bachelors degrees and that 100% will have at least two years of college. And, if you happen to have a graduate degree, so much the better— even though you won't actually be paid any more.) You can either work fulltime during the day or part-time during the evening.
The Dover scoring center is not public transit-accessible, and it is a typical office-park environment, with nowhere to eat out or do errands at break time. Dress code is business casual: piercings, tattoos and dyed hair are acceptable. One of the few Test Readers ever promoted to a real job with benefits has multiple piercings; another one, who has since moved on to greener pastures, had orange hair and visible tattoos. It is a gay-friendly environment— I even had an openly gay supervisor for a while— and it is generally pretty liberal (with the exception of the union issue: they hate pro-union talk at Measured Progress, especially if you say that a union would make sense at this particular company.)
Note that you have to bring your college transcripts. The company usually likes to have you fill out its web application form, but in this case they have a paper form which covers the same ground. If you are a certified teacher in Massachusetts, you may be ineligible for contractual reasons (but this ad doesn't mention that fact, so if this applies to you, you can still go to the job fair.)
The ad states that the event is at their facility at 100 Education Way in Dover. This is their corporate headquarters on 6th Street in Dover, next to Liberty Mutual and just off Exit 9 of the Spalding Turnpike. See:
Here's the ad:
HOW DO YOU MEASURE SUCCESS?
At Measured Progress, we believe that every child can learn — and every day, our passion, knowledge and expert ise make that belief a reality. As a national leader in K-12 educational assessment, we've created an unrivaled standard in large-scale, customized assessment programs and professional development services — and we've created a work environment to match. Join us at our beautiful new campus in Dover, NH, and discover the satisfaction that comes with realizing your own potential.
Seasonal Employment Job Fair
Wednesday, March 12th from 3:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 13th from 3:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.
100 Education Way, Dover, NH
Working from our Scoring Center on Education Way in Dover, Readers evaluate student responses to non-multiple-choice questions at the elementary and secondary school levels and assign scores via computer according to established standards in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. Training is provided; scoring accuracy and efficiency is required.
Interviews are underway for work scheduled to begin at the end of March!
Daytime and evening hours are available.
Work is expected to begin at the end of March and will continue through the spring and summer months—with various start and stop dates possible. Interviews are currently being scheduled on a first come/first serve basis.
Qualifications: We are seeking applicants with a minimum of a Bachelor's degree (or above) who have successfully completed coursework in the assigned subject. An Associate's degree (or 2 full years of college, including applicable coursework) will be permissible for a limited number of positions. Transcripts or other proof of education credentials are required at the time of interview.
Directions to our Scoring Center: Take Exit 9 off the Spaulding; left off ramp to end of road; right on 6th Street; 1st left onto Education Way. 100 Education Way is the second building.
Several temp agencies have also been advertising scoring jobs. The best agency of the bunch would be Kelly Services (email: KS4020@KellyServices.com ) You can email Kelly directly, or you can apply via monster.com.
The worst is Allstaff (email: Jobs@AllStaffCorp.com fax: (603) 964-6057), which has one of the most horrifying office spaces I have ever seen. They're located in a fairly expensive location (Route 1 in Rye, NH) but they are in a cheap metal building with a leaking roof. Most of the space is full of moldy old papers with buckets put out every few feet to catch the water. And the staff all look moldy too. (Luckily, you would be working elsewhere if they hired you.)
Working through even a moldy employment agency has many advantages over working directly for Measured Progress:
October 6, 2009
Jeff Woodburn published a critical article about New Hampshire's educational test scoring program in the September 25, 2009 New Hampshire Business Review, using some material from this website, with my permission (no worries.) He also interviewed me. The headline was "Can standardized exams adequately assess writing skills?" The URLs for the article are:
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