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CTB/McGraw-Hill Test Corrector Reclaims Stationary Bike World Record

Another in the series of news items you will read nowhere else.

A suburban Houston woman has reclaimed the Guinness world record for time spent riding a stationary bicycle while correcting constructed-response exams.

Tammy Tilson's time isn't official yet, but a CTB/McGraw-Hill spokesperson confirms that she spent 181 hours, 13 minutes, and 23 seconds over eight days riding a spinning bike at an undisclosed Custom Evaluation Center (CEC) while correcting 3,640 exams.

CTB/McGraw-Hill, the nation's leading provider of K-12 and adult Education Assessment Solutions® © ™ ¤ £ ¥ € $$, has offices in 33 countries and publishes in more than 40 languages.

In K-12 education, CTB/McGraw-Hill serves more than 16 million students annually in
8,700 school districts in all 50 states, including the District of Columbia and the
worldwide U.S. Department of Defense system. Like all CTB/McGraw-Hill test correctors, Ms Tilson is highly qualified and uses specific scoring criteria as well as exemplary responses for each item.

Ms. Tilson gave up a successful career in the Women's Universal Wrestling League (WUWL) to become a highly qualified test corrector, pointing out, "Similar qualities are required: toughness, endurance, strong bladder, ability to withstand public scorn."

Ms. Tilson feels the unique quality that allowed her to make this cycling feat is "my ability to maintain my work record while taking short cat naps. My legs kept pumping and my fingers kept writing even while I dozed off."

Interrupting a brush clearing session with his pal President George Bush, Harold T. McGraw III, president and chief executive officer of The McGraw-Hill Companies, chairman of Business Roundtable, chairman of the Emergency Committee for American Trade (ECAT) and a member of the Business Council. He is a member of the State Department's Advisory Committee on Transformational Diplomacy, and the U.S. Trade Representative's Advisory Committee for Trade, Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN), pointed out that "Again, Texas provides the model for educational excellence."

Kati Haycock, president of Education Trust, commented, expressed cautious optimism for bringing stationary bicycles into high risk schools. "Regardless of where it occurs, our work maintains a relentless focus on improving the education of all students, and if the bike remains stationary, no children will be left behind."

Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, a confirmed multi-tasker, nodded approval of crossover possibilities to classrooms. "Our department is committed to helping teachers across America improve instruction in their classrooms, and a bike plan that burns 48,000 calories every eight days would certainly get the fat out."

Under the umbrella of catalyzing increased momentum, scale, and sustainability of change, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged 4.3 million dollars to launch a Cycling for Clarity program in urban schools.

Asked if the NEA might consider looking for ways to adapt this Texas model to classrooms across America, Joel Packer, director of education policy and practice, said, "The NEA stands committed to doing what is right for children."

— Susan Ohanian
The Eggplant

2008-05-17


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