High-Stakes Testing, Accountability and The Simpsons

ImageWho knew that high-stakes testing and accountability also impacts Bart and Lisa Simpson? Check out the episode “How the Test Was Won”

Bart accidentally receives a perfect score on a practice test for the upcoming Vice President’s Assessment Test, by writing “Slurp My Snot” across his page. This enables him to attend a special pizza party, with a helicopter as his escort. However, it turns out to be a clever plan to purge the school of all bad test takers. Bart actually failed the test and the helicopter is a disguised school bus. He, Nelson, Ralph, Kearney, Dolph, and Jimbo are driven to Capital City by Otto, along with Principal Skinner, who was pushed onboard the bus by Superintendent Chalmers [because he was designated as a low-performing principal]… At school, Lisa is unable to focus on the test, as the thought of Bart being smarter torments her. When the test ends, she has not answered a single question, along with the fact that the test is nearly impossible (the choices to a question’s answer all mean the same thing, and there is a penalty for guessing). However, Skinner returns just in time to cancel the test and lift the school’s “ban on dancing.” Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_the_Test_Was_Won

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Author:Julian Vasquez Heilig

Julian Vasquez Heilig is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Policy and Planning and African and African Diaspora Studies (by courtesy) at the University of Texas at Austin.

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