> I'm truly curious: have the proponents of standardized tests, > especially those under discussion (of sorts) here, actually familiar > with any one or more of the critical books that have been published > about them? Have you read Banesh Hoffmann's critiques (you know him: > the 'fuzzy' mathematician and physicist from Queens College who wrote > THE STRANGE STORY OF THE QUANTUM and books about Einstein, etc., who > was a persistent thorn in the side of the ETS in the 1960s after his > 1962 book, THE TYRANNY OF TESTING was published)? Read Hillel Black's > 1963 effort, THE TRUTH ABOUT COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS AND OTHER > STANDARDIZED TESTS? How about the 1977 essay collection THE MYTH OF > MEASURABILITY, edited by Paul L. Houts? Or the more recent (1985) NONE > OF THE ABOVE: BEHIND THE MYTH OF SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE, by David Owen?
And to forestall suggestions that these books or the ideas in them may be outdated, let's be sure to mention "Standardized Minds", by Peter Sacks, Perseus Books, Cambridge, Massachusetts, (1999) ISBN: 0-7382-0243-6.