Pearson has announced that its distributed scoring program, which utilizes technology to securely score assessments anywhere at any time, will reach a landmark milestone in 2010 with assessment evaluators assigning their 100 millionth score.
Distributed scoring uses online services to break down physical barriers historically associated with scoring large-scale assessments, enabling experienced scorers to effectively score assessments from home. Through the program, Pearson is able to tap a large pool of qualified scorers, increase flexibility for scoring employees, and provide greater customization for scoring customers.
Six years ago, Pearson decided to make flexible scoring options a core component of its operational model due to a growing customer base and a keen interest in the continued recruitment of only top- quality scorers. Now, Pearson professional scorers throughout the nation score performance items, including writing, reading, and mathematics assessments; college entrance essays; and English language learner assessments, from their homes.
Currently, Pearson's database of qualified scorers contains about 56,000 diverse applicants representing every state, more than 22,000 of whom have a master's degrees or higher. Each of the distributed scorers must meet Pearson's qualifications and go through a similar screening process as on-site scorers, which includes an analysis of application data, a phone interview, and a process to verify credentials and eligibility.
For more information about Pearson's distributed scoring program or to learn how to apply for employment as a scorer, please visit www.pearsonedmeasurement.com and click on "Scoring at Home."
Source: Pearson, www.pearsonassessments.com