Is That Your Final Answer?

Those tougher tests that were supposed to inspire sagging schools have spurred parents, students and teachers to rebel against the exams' harmful side effects

The 25 Boston teenagers marched last Monday down the city's famed Freedom Trail, past Paul Revere's home, to the office of Massachusetts Governor Paul Cellucci. They were armed with 800 letters of protest and a simple demand: that the Governor sit for the standardized test that will soon decide which students graduate from the state's public high schools. When an aide told them there was no time in his schedule--the test takes more than 18 hours--the students handed over a poster-size report card on the Governor's program to raise academic performance. His marks: an incomplete, a D-minus and two F's.

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