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With all the current talk of the need for "raising standards" in education and establishing "national standards," we must exercise a bit of caution--not only because no one thinks their standards are too low, but because too many people mean nothing more than that test scores should be raised.
The commitment of President Bush and the nation's governors to establish national goals for education raises the question of how progress toward such goals should be assessed.
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