Education: Getting Testy

A rebellion gathers steam

Which of the following words best completes this sentence: "How the ____ roses flush up in the cheeks." Red? Pretty? Yellow? The answer, according to the intelligence testmakers who devised that question more than a decade ago, is "red." But, observes a provocative new tabloid called Testing Digest, red is right "only if the cheek in question is white."

Although testmakers have generally eliminated such blatant cultural bias from current tests, Testing Digest and an anomalous group of other critics have lately come forward to demand new scrutiny of tests...

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