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Education Reporter
NUMBER 243 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS APRIL 2006

National Tests for College Students?
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Texas businessman Charles Miller, Chairman of the federal Commission on the Future of Higher Education, has suggested standardized testing for higher education. According to the Boston Globe, Miller thinks the exams would help measure whether college students are taught well.

Last Fall, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced the commission's formation and appointed Charles Miller as Chair. In her opening remarks at the group's first meeting in Oct. 2005, Spellings said, "It's now time to launch a national dialogue on our shared vision for higher education."

The commission is tasked with submitting a final report by Aug. 1, 2006 that contains "specific findings and recommendations." (U.S. Dept. of Education, Press Release, 9-19-2005)

MIT's president, Dr. Susan Hockfield, said "it's a terrible idea" to test all college students. "Higher education needs help, but what is really broken is K-12 education. We need more high school graduates who can understand and do math." (Boston Globe, 3-19-2006)


 
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