Education: The Testmakers

In 94 towns and cities across the U.S. one day this week, hundreds of jittery boys and girls reported in at specified schools, sat down at the desks assigned to them, and waited for the clock to strike nine. For the next three hours they tackled questions for which none of them could have crammed. They matched pairs of words (POSSESS is to LOSE, as a) hesitate is to advance, b) cease is to recur, c) undertake is to perform, d) continue is to desist, e) produce is to supply); solved math problems and...

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