Saturday, July 02, 2005

Triumph for the dyslexic comes out backwards :: Education Next
File under: consequences, unintended

What happens when Education Testing Service agrees to stop reporting which SAT takers received extra time but tells high school counselors they must be more selective in who gets an accomodation? Test scores over all go down, while test scores of those receiving accomodation go down. Plausible explanation: The rich and powerful figured out how to game the system, displacing those more deserving of special accomodations.

Be careful what you pray for. You just might get it. (Via Newmark's Door.)


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