Standardized testing dates all the way back to the 1880s. When Horace Mann developed a test to administer to a group of students his intentions were to determine how the students were doing at their current levels and decide if they were capable of advancing to a higher level. These early tests had no negative repercussions but rather answered a simple question: Should the student remain at their current level or proceed to the next level of academic difficulty.
In the early 1930s the first admissions test was developed by James B. Conant, president of Harvard University. He was searching for a reliable way to measure student achievement without taking into consideration who was taking the test or what background they came from. He believed this would provide a real rationale for excluding those who they did not particularly want to enter Harvard. He was soon proved wrong as those from humble... [continues]
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