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A closer look at standardized testing

December 7, 2013
By Robert Arnold

There is little opportunity to seriously debate the efficacy of the standardization movement or the implications of using standardized tests as the measure of learning outcomes. After participating in four "North Country Forums" that were advertised as a chance to debate issues, I have come away feeling like I have been "whipsawed" by the abstract rhetoric of perhaps well meaning, perhaps ignorant or likely ingenuous dialogue from those who are making decisions about public education. In the spirit of inquiry, consider the following which represents a fraction of what should be examined in depth.



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