April 14, 2000
A Snapshot of a New Bill Facing Higher Education
AT ISSUE: High-school graduation tests.
GIST: Two Congressional Democrats, Sen. Paul D. Wellstone of Minnesota and Rep. Robert C. Scott of Virginia, last week proposed a "Fairness and Accuracy in Student Testing Act," which would effectively prohibit states from using high-school graduation tests. The increased use of such high-stakes tests nationally "marks a major retreat from fairness, accuracy, and educational equity" and hurts those children who are ill-prepared because they