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Fred Smith


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Fred Smith, worked as an analyst for the New York City public school system, specializing in test research and development. He can be reached at www.changethestakes.org

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Articles, Investigations and Blogs

Using a no-stakes test to evaluate questions for next year's high-stakes exams? This author thinks it's a bad idea.



Next month, city students take the standardized tests on which their progress, and perhaps the fates of their teachers and schools, depend—all amid a debate over testing that, this writer observes, is nothing new.



Last year's recalibration of statewide exams led to a dramatic drop in the number of students answering the required number of questions. This op-ed writer wonders why we haven't asked harder questions about earlier tests.