On the fringe

Fair Test, which opposes standardized tests, is beyond the fringe, writes Alex Russo in This Week in Education.

A recent email exchange between education reporters about the difficulty of finding good (informed, thoughtful, balanced) sources to talk about NCLB brought up the issue of whether FairTest, or any other anti-testing outfit, is too “fringe” to be used as an expert source becuase of their positions against testing in NCLB and otherwise.

I say they are fringier than the fringe on my old suede cowboy jacket, and don’t make for good sources in stories.

The mainstream wants tests, writes Russo. The question is how to make tests effective not whether they should be abolished.

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