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Military recruiters appear to be attracting more scrutiny from parents and others, prompting some districts to re-examine their policies of open access. Supporters of the military's efforts to reach students at school face vocal critics who argue that young people are being given too rosy a picture of military life during a time of war.


John Wood was ranked sixth in his class at Federal Hocking High School in Stewart, Ohio, but did not graduate. He did not drop out and he was not expelled. Because he refused to take the state's standardized tests, which, he writes in this Education Week Commentary, are biased and irrelevant, he was refused a diploma.


In an Education Week Commentary, Betty J. Sternberg, Connecticut's commissioner of education, argues that the No Child Left Behind Law precludes her state from using "formative" tests, imposing instead annual standardized testing, which she says, is much less useful to the classroom teacher.


Three months after the debut of the SAT writing test, some colleges are expressing concerns about its validity, and many have decided not to require the scores, at least for the time being.


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