Education: Now, Oscar!

A leading fad in U. S. schools and colleges today are the so-called "standardized" tests. There are more than 4,000 of them. They purport to measure an individual's intelligence, knowledge, character, personality, radicalism, musical tastes, artistic ability, tea-table form, inhibitions, morale. Last week one Oscar Krisen Buros, an associate professor of education at Rutgers University, emerged from a voyage of exploration in this jungle of tests. Harrowing was his tale.

Professor Euros had suspected that nine out of ten tests were unreliable. To check his suspicions, he got 133 top-rank experts to rate the tests, Rutgers to publish their ratings (The 1938...

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