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November 30, 1940

Standardized Tests and Educational Practice

JAMA. 1940;115(22):1913. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810480077038

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This pamphlet seems to express a deep-seated and intense, but rather vague, resentment and dissatisfaction with the existing methods by which intelligence, aptitude and other psychologic tests are employed in the schools. An ordinance is proposed by means of which the purchase, preparation, administration and interpretation of such tests could supposedly be regulated, although the pamphlet also condemns what it calls political regulation while recommending an ordinance to be adopted by local political bodies, plus federal regulation. The text of the ordinance and the involved cumbersome style in which the pamphlet is written make it extremely difficult to interpret. There is, in fact, no assurance that the central idea, if any, contained in this pamphlet is not so deeply buried in words that it is not totally incomprehensible.

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