S.O.L. These three letters are burned into the mind of every Virginia high school student and his/her parents. They represent a high-stakes test. Come 2004, the Standards of Learning exams will determine whether a student can graduate from high school. What are the risks of high-stakes testing? Are standardized tests the best way to measure a student’s knowledge? And how far have we come since SOLs were proposed in the mid-90s? Education professors William Owings (Longwood University) and Patricia Shoemaker (Radford University) help us answer these questions.
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