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Hate standardized test? First, blame a 7th century Chinese emperor named Yang of Sui. See, he invented the world's first standardized test which lasted up to 72 hours. Yours may not have lasted that long, but it sure felt like it, didn't it?

Then, go on and read a few things about it over at Good Magazine:

As standardized testing plays an increasingly central role in education, school districts from Atlanta to Washington, D.C., have been rocked by cheating scandals. Adults at dozens of schools in both cities are suspected of changing students’ answers on multiple-choice tests. But these scandals have done little to derail the testing juggernaut. Nor have policy makers heeded the sage advice of psychometricians like Harvard’s Daniel Koretz, who concluded after decades of research that “we usually cannot distinguish between real and bogus gains” on standardized exams.

Pay attention because there will be a quiz on this tomorrow, mmkay? Link

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