English language arts standards under Common Core State Standards call for testing that is free of bias and stereotypes, creating potential conflicts when addressing literature and historical materials, writes Mark Bauerlein, a professor of English at Emory University. At issue, he writes in this opinion article, are problems of testing and a reluctance to eliminate some types of text from the classroom. He suggests the development of two tests: one that evaluates general reading skills independent of the common core and the other that tests literary historical knowledge.

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