Like any good author, Ron Dietel has put plenty of himself in his second book, “The Perfect Test,” after finishing his first nonfiction book, “Get Smart: Nine Sure Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in School.”
Dietel, the assistant director for research, use and communications at the UCLA Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing, wrote “The Perfect Test” as a fictional mystery novel because of his passion for educational testing.
“I wanted to do something that was really unique, and I wondered who would try to write a mystery novel on national tests,” said Dietel, a former La Cañada Unified Governing Board president and board member from 2001 to 2005. “[Educational testing] is a field I know quite a bit about, because I’ve worked in it about 20 years. It really serves as the background for the story. The rest of the story is a whodunit with some action and a nice little twist at the end.”