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All You Wanted to Know About Standardistos But Were Afraid to Ask

How Many Teachers Does It Take to Change a Standardisto?

Nobody knows. It's never been done.

You might be a Standardisto if. .

  • Your favorite book is Nation at Risk.

  • You think E. D. Hirsch's Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know would make a great mini-series.

  • You name your dog Cut-Score.

  • You name your first child Frederick Winslow.

  • You think "getting back to one's roots" means retaking the SATs every five years.

  • You think The Stepford Wives is a movie about a community that embraced Standards.

  • For a Christmas present, you ask for your own high speed test scoring machine.

  • When Airport Security asks to see your ID, you pull out your SAT scores.

  • You think Starbucks is a student incentive system.

  • Your favorite recipe begins, "Take a gross of No. 2 pencils. . . ."

  • You own a time share at Education Testing Service.

  • You think the U. S. Department of Education should be renamed The U. S. Bureau of Student Weights and Measures.

  • You organized a Neighborhood Watch for supply chain planning and implementation tools for local public schools crisis events.

  • You are certified to lead a Michelle Rhee Critical Incident Command and Disaster Recovery System workshop(patent pending) funded by the Broad Foundation.

  • When people talk about the "Big Easy," you think they're referring to the Mississippi state test.

  • You believe a happy childhood is the worst possible preparation for a successful life.

  • You're not pro-life or pro-choice; you're pro-testing.

  • You've appeared on John Merrow's Learning Matters more than twice.

  • You head the National Alliance for Rigor Rendition

  • You're the official Congressional lobbyist for celebration of National Bubble Kid Appreciation Month (To replace California Dried Prune Digestive Month).

  • You never say, "There's no right answer."

  • You never say, "Honey, I think Johnny's been tested enough!"

  • Your high school class voted you most likely to make 3rd graders cry.




  • The Romantic Side

    You might be a Standardisto if:


  • Your dating service matches you up with a test corrector.

  • You think "showing a girl a good time" means letting her take a peek at the questions on the high-stakes graduation tests.

  • Your prenuptial agreement specifies minimum test scores.

  • You registered for wedding gifts at Kaplan, Inc.

  • You exchanged vows in the basement archives of discarded test questions at a CTB/McGraw Hill warehouse in Peoria.

  • You requested the Honeymoon Suite at Harcourt Assessment.

  • You and your spouse honeymooned at the Standardised Test Incident First Responders Bootcamp: DOE 380, 652, and 972 Levels.

  • You leave space in your wedding album for retest results.


  • Standardisto Favorite Adages

  • No excuses!

  • A test in time saves nine

  • Kill not the test prep that lays the golden test score.

  • Look after the test prep and the state test scores will look after themselves.

  • The road to NCLB proficiency is paved with test prep.

  • Standardized test results speak louder than words.

  • All work and no play make Jack ready to take the high stakes test.

  • Test prep every day keeps NCLB school reconstitution away.

  • Standards are the mother of preventing teacher invention.

  • One good standard deserves another.

  • Starve a student, feed a Standard.
  • Seize the Standard.

  • The proof of the Standard is in the student test score.

  • Sticks and stones may break my bones but Standards will never hurt me.

  • At the Standardisto's house, frivolity looks in but dares not enter.

  • For want of a standard, the test was lost; for want of the test, the school was lost; and for want of a school, the nation was lost.

  • It's the Standards that will turn all your lead into gold.

  • Competency is in the eye of the the Broad Foundation, the Gates Foundation, the Center for American Progress and New York Times Editorial.

  • Standards maketh the school.

  • Read a child a story and you amuse him for a moment; surround him with Standards and you empower him for a lifetime.

  • He who hesitates over Standards is lost.

  • Hell hath no fury like a Standard scorned.

  • If you can't stand the Standards, get out of the classroom.

  • Don't count your Standards until they are writ on every classroom wall.

  • Half a Standard is better than none.

  • Don't look a gift Standard in the mouth.

  • Standards first!

  • Good standards make good students.

  • Even a broken standard is right twice a day.

  • Standards will move mountains.

  • Do standards or die.

  • All roads lead to a National Test.


  • Adages Rejected by Standardistos

  • It is a historical inevitability. Cast off the dictatorship of Standardisto grave diggers. Teachers of all lands unite.
    --Karl Marx

  • Show me a Standardisto and I'll show you a bloodsucker.
    --Malcolm X

  • To boldly go where no Standard has gone before.
    --Captain James T. Kirk

  • The fact that you are at all concerned with Standards reveals your underlying insecurity as a regular guy and your dreams of having sex with 12-year-olds.
    --Sigmund Freud

  • Standards are unsafe at any speed.
    --Ralph Nader

  • What we have to remember is that what we observe is not a Standard in itself but a Standard exposed to our method of questioning.
    --Werner Heisenberg

  • Standardsraum.
    --Adolf Hitler


  • All happy Standardistos resemble each other; each unhappy child is unhappy in his own way.

    — Susan Ohanian
    The Eggplant

    2009-04-26


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