What Do These Two Men Have In Common?

One wants to junk a test; the other wants to impose many. But they agree on what a test should measure

To somebody who doesn't follow the ins and outs of testing, the events of the past couple of weeks might seem contradictory. First the president of the University of California, Richard Atkinson, made a speech proposing dropping the SAT. It looked as if testing was going into ebb tide, right? Then, a few days later, George W. Bush began his first major address as President by proposing an enormous new federally mandated regime of standardized tests for public schoolchildren, with every student being tested in reading and math every year from third through eighth grade. This would be the first Washington-ordered...

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