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"Predictable Losers in Testing Schemes"

For nearly two decades policymakers have been engaged in a massive and unprecedented social experiment on our schoolchildren, one with enormous costs and unproven benefits.

This experiment has been launched on a dubious proposition--that largely bureaucratic solutions, consisting of state-imposed standards, more standardized testing and harsher sanctions attached to test results, will fundamentally raise the academic achievement of all schoolchildren and lead to a more prosperous and productive citizenry. (From the School Administrator, Dec. 2000.)