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High Stakes Testing Undercuts Standards

Written by Richard Brodsky and Rober on 05-22-2001

The high-stakes standardized testing scheme insisted on by Commissioner Richard P. Mills and your May14 editorial is wrong for students, and undercuts the best of the standards movement.

Ninety percent of alternative school kids meet the standards and go to college. Yet Mr. Mills forces them to abandon successful programs and conform to standardized, time-pressured, written tests. Our legislation preserves standards, but permits alternatives to his standardized testing scheme. Flexibility is not chaos. We don't have to "teach to the test" or "dumb down" curriculums. High standards and alternative assessments can co-exist. Change and flexibility should come before there are thousands of innocent victims. Yes to standards and no to the bureaucratic rigidity that undermines the best of our educational system.

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