No #2 Pencils
100 years ago the College Boards began with essay questions in physics, history, Latin, you name it--just no multiple choice questions, please! In the process they set a high national standard.
Today, thecurrent regime of testing is aimed at raising the test scores of students who are performing poorly. It is an entirely skills-based approach, geared toward using the threat of federal sanctions to raise a low common denominator. It leaves out subjects like history, civics, literature, the arts, foreign languages-- and advanced courses in every subject.
As a result, we have a dumbed-down definition of proficiency.
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