Education: The Good Student

For 17-year-old Bill Waterhouse, a senior at Denver's East High School, the College Board examinations were a breeze. Last week school officials looked at Bill's scores for scholastic achievement tests taken in March, read the results with astonishment: perfect 800s in English, chemistry and advanced mathematics.

When a student repeatedly makes perfect scores on tests to show how much he knows and how much he can learn, little is proved about the limits of his mind except what is self-evident—that a high-jumper can clear a high hurdle every time. Checking back to the scholastic aptitude tests that Bill Waterhouse took in December,...

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