Equality, Freedom, Education: (5) Standardized Testing and The Emperor’s New Clothes–Part 1

As Boomers in our school years, we were tested every year using standardized tests. The apparent reason was that politicians and reporters were interested in a way to keep score and to compare schools (for no apparent reason other than, perhaps, cocktail party bragging rights). Toward the end of the 1950s, educators began to use standardized test results, as well as IQ scores, to “track” us.

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