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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