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Spring 2003 Vol. 10 No. 3 Focus on Standardized Tests

Understanding Philadelphia's tests

By by Eva Travers and Andrew Sparks
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Looking for lessons from Chicago about promotion, retention

By by Ben Herold

Some of the personnel, many of the policies, and much of the attitude that School District CEO Paul Vallas has brought to Philadelphia in recent months have come with him from Chicago.

One key and controversial facet of his program as schools chief in Chicago was introduced here in March before the School Reform Commission -- a grade retention program in which students can be made to repeat a grade if they have low scores on standardized tests.

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Explanations abound for the Black-White test score gap

By by Raymond Gunn

The gap that spurs the most discussion, however, is the one between Black and White students.

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