Saturday, July 11, 2009

Firefighters, the Supreme Court, and standardized testing

From today's New York Times opinion page:
...the Supreme Court's 5-to-4 decision last month - that New Haven should not have scrapped the test - perpetuates profound misconceptions about the capacity of paper-and-pencil tests to gauge a person's potential on the job. Exams like the one the New Haven firefighters took are neither designed nor administered to identify the employees most qualified for promotion. And Ms. Torre's identity-politics sloganeering diverts attention from what we need most: a clear-eyed reassessment of our blind faith in entrenched testing regimes.

For more on this, you can find Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for the four dissenting justices, here.

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