The Public Interest

The war on testing: David, Goliath & Gallup

Barbara Lerner

Summer 1980

DESCRIBING the key New York State legislative battle in the war on testing, Edward Fiske, education editor of The Times, wrote last October that it had “the appearance of a David-versus-Goliath matchup. On one side, looking relatively weak, were representatives of a coalition of student and consumer groups. On the other was the giant $150 million-a-year testing industry, represented by some fancy Albany lawyers.”

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