The New York Times reports that the standardized testing industry is coming off its three most problem-plagued years. Its missteps have affected millions of students who took standardized proficiency tests in at least 20 states. Despite these problems, President Bush is proposing a 50 percent increase in the workload of this tiny industry. Neither the proposal by the President nor the Congressional debate has addressed whether the industry can handle the daunting logistics of this additional business. This two part story examines the problems that currently exist in the testing industry and cites specific examples of scoring errors by the industry.
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