I Don’t Believe Bruce Springsteen Will Ever Proctor a Test in North Carolina

The Boss has spoken on HB2. This is for him.

 

Calling all proctors. Calling all proctors. Is there a proctor in the house?

It’s testing season here in North Carolina and the all-calls have been placed by all public schools to recruit enough proctors to watch over our students as they take tests which arbitrarily measure their achievement.

A proctor usually works with a test administrator to make sure that all goes smoothly in the testing process and that all protocols are followed according to instruction. But when the school year is over, testing is usually over. And that means no proctoring for those who may want to continue proctoring for whatever.

Help is on the way. It’s the Public Facilities Privacy and  Security Act, better known as HB2.

Since North Carolina now has a law that requires people to use the public restrooms aligned with their birth gender, there will be a need to check anatomy in public facilities to ensure that the right facilities are used by those with corresponding anatomy.

Therefore, a test must be administered. And if there is a test in North Carolina, there must be a proctor.

Since people must relieve themselves year-round in many public places, there will always be a need for proctors (and administrators) for the gender testing that must be performed in order to comply with the law, especially in Charlotte, which ironically already has the state’s largest public school system (and possibly the most trained proctors).

So why not use those who proctor for tests in schools to proctor for tests in gender monitoring. The training for proctoring a standardized test in schools is really the same training one would need to be a proctor for an ad-hoc gender test in the field. The similarities are striking if not identical. Just look at the requirements for performing the duties of a test proctor.

  • You must be a legal adult of tested gender to perform the duties of proctoring
  • Proctors are needed for every testing session, whether it is for a large group or even a separate setting.
  • You do not have to be a state employee to be a proctor. You could just volunteer. In fact, there are many proctors who just want to help out the neighborhood.
  • If someone gets sick while testing because of the stress, then the proctor can assist that person to a nearby facility (OK, that’s funny).

How serendipitous!

Just look at some of the descriptions used by school systems in recruiting proctors to get volunteers to help with test administration.

Here’s one for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system that ran in the Charlotte Observer on May 7, 2014 (http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/education/article9119564.html#storylink=cpy). It says (with quotes remaining anonymous),

The state requires that two adults be present in every classroom where exams occur, mainly to ensure nothing goes wrong, _______ said. Extra volunteer “runners” are also needed in the hallways to escort students to the bathroom.

The task isn’t difficult, mainly just dull. “The tests are extremely long, (proctors) are not supposed to bring anything to read, they can’t have their phone on, or a computer,” she said.

The number of proctors needed varies by school, and the length of most exams is two to four hours, depending on the subject matter, _______ said.
You could simply substitute the type of test administered and see that the training for a test proctor in schools is the same as it is for the HB2 gender check.

 

The state requires that two adults be present in every public bathroom where exams occur, mainly to ensure nothing goes wrong, _______ said. Extra volunteer “runners” are also needed in the areas to escort people to the proper bathroom.

The task isn’t difficult, mainly just dull. “The tests are extremely long, (proctors) are not supposed to bring anything to read, they can’t have their phone on, or a computer,” she said.

The number of proctors needed varies by public facility, and the length of most exams is two to four hours, depending on the subject matter (literally), _______ said.

Here’s a description of duties and training that the Winston-Salem / Forsyth County School System just released on April 6th of this year on the systems website entitled “Proctors, proctors, and more proctors.”

It states,

Before volunteering, proctors receive the training necessary to do the job properly. Often, the training is done in conjunction with the first session as a volunteer. As part the training, proctors learn that, as part of the state’s efforts to make sure that everything is done fairly, proctors have to be careful not to help students with questions or do anything that might suggest to a student that he might want to reconsider an answer.

Proctors need to be at least 18 years old. Because public school students cannot be proctors, high school students aren’t eligible even if they are 18. People don’t serve as proctors in classes where they have relatives.

While serving as a proctor, volunteers are required to turn off their cell phones and other electronic devices.

 

Simply substitute the word “student” with the words “one who is heeding nature’s call” and you see how we have already stockpiled a number of people to do the job.

Ironically, there may be difficulty in being able to staff enough proctors for all of this standardized testing whether it be for school tests or gender tests. That’s probably because many feel that testing so much, be it for student achievement or anatomy, is just a way for insecure people in power to validate their actions.

But I have faith we can overlook principles for personalities.

Because in a state of vast natural resources, we again can prove that our most valuable assets are our people who can rise to the occasion as need calls.

Or maybe squat down to the occasion.

 

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