School readiness testing gets failing grades

Kleiner, Ellen
December 1993
Mothering;Winter93, Issue 69, p26
Reports on the controversy surrounding standardized, norm-referenced readiness tests used for determining school entry. Statistics of children not admitted to classrooms; Growing numbers of children retained in grade; Belief of early childhood specialists that readiness tests are technically invalid and unreliable; Recommendation that chronological age be the only criterion for school entry.


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