The following, published in an American newspaper, warns about the dangers of attaching high stakes to standardized test results and about the growing dependence on these assessments in public education, says Valerie Strauss for the Washington Post. The piece was written by Fred Smith, who was a research analyst in testing for the New York Public Schools for many years. This sounds like it was written this year, but it wasn’t. Read it and at the end you’ll see when and where it was published…

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