Education: Can Kids Flunk Kindergarten?

Yes, sir -- especially where the law mandates tests for first grade

As the crisis season for college acceptances climaxed across the country last week, 102,000 Georgia youngsters sat through a multiple-choice test to determine whether they too would qualify for a higher level of education. In a series of sessions totaling 90 minutes, they scribbled their answers. Then they went home, where their families are sweating out the mid-May announcement of whether they would gain admittance -- to the first grade.

Yes, first grade. This year Georgia became the first state to require a standardized written exam as part of a "readiness assessment" that determines who passes and who fails kindergarten. Testing...

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