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Light shed on limits of typical testing format

Thank you to Leon Neyfakh for his Sept. 16 article on standardized testing (“What to test instead,” Ideas). Since the inception of No Child Left Behind, educators have bemoaned teaching to the test. I am so glad that light is being shed on the fact that these tests only measure a small part of what students have to offer.

While different types of tests may not be easy to administer, we need to find a way to test all aspects of intelligence, not just the aspects found in the typical SAT testing format.

Lauren J. Smith


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