Published Online: January 23, 2013
Published in Print: January 23, 2013, as Feeding the Testing-Industrial Complex

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Feeding the Testing-Industrial Complex

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To the Editor:

"Testing Group Selects Exam to Gauge 'College Readiness'" (Jan. 9, 2013) announces yet another test to add to the staggering pile of tests our students must take.

When will this end? Because there is no evidence that adding more tests helps students, and plenty of evidence that increased testing will be very profitable for those who sell the tests and supply the infrastructure for the required online testing, the obvious answer is that testing fever will end only when the greed of the standardized-testing-industrial complex is satisfied.

In other words, never.

Stephen Krashen
Professor Emeritus of Education
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, Calif.

Vol. 32, Issue 18, Page 22

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