In case you missed it, there was an interesting editorial in Sunday’s NYT. A New York City public school teacher argued against the tyranny of preparing for standardized tests in favor of teaching a love of reading through books that connect with students. (10 points if you can explain what the accompanying illustration has to do with the editorial. I, for one, have no idea.)
Standardized tests have been coming under fire on their own merits, too. In New York City, a question on a standardized English test ended up being invalidated, because, as students and the author of the passage in question noted, the question made no sense. A question on a recent Florida science standardized test highlighted how flawed the exam was.