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[Susan notes: Ending standardized testing before Grade 3, as psychometricians advise, would be a start.]

Published in New York Times
11/30/2009

To the editor

Both the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test and the Bracken School Readiness Assessment are deceptively named. Neither one reliably measures young children's knowledge, ability, talent or readiness for school. Using these tests ΓΆ€” or any standardized test ΓΆ€” to sort children into groups of "gifted" and, presumably, "not gifted" is educational malpractice.



New York should follow the lead of North Carolina, which prohibits the use of public funds for standardized testing of children before third grade.



The writer is a founding partner of the Alliance for Childhood and co-author of its report Crisis in the Kindergarten: Why Children Need to Play in School.

Edward Miller


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