Ban on sensitive words on standardized tests cancelled in NYC

Officials in New York City have revoked a directive to ban certain words, such as dinosaur and Halloween, when creating standardized tests. The reversal follows criticism of the policy, which officials say was intended to respect students' backgrounds and help them avoid becoming distracted when taking tests. Education historian Diane Ravitch said the list of banned words was "shaped by textbook battles in Texas, California and other states."

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