Rothstein: Standardized Testing Critics Have A Point

05/1/2002 | NYTimes.com

Standardized tests too often focus on "basic skills" rather than "higher-order" thinking processes, resulting in classes that overemphasize material found on the exams, according to columnist Richard Rothstein. This is largely a product of states' desires to raise standards "on the cheap," as it costs more to test complex skills than basic ones, Rothstein says.

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