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High Stakes Testing

Written by Eric Nedelstern on 05-21-2001

The problem with using standardized tests to make high-stakes decisions like high school graduation is that no single test can ever measure what all students know and are able to do (editorial, May 14).

Consider the plight of recently arrived immigrant adolescents, for example, who are subjected to Regents exams intended for native English speakers. As a consequence, thousands of intelligent, academically prepared and deserving students have been denied diplomas on the basis of inappropriate assessments.

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