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March 11, 2002

Students, policymakers
to tackle standardized testing

California teens and state legislators will debate whether standardized testing has gone too far, at a town hall meeting from 11 a.m. to noon, Thursday, March 21 at the State Capitol room 1170 (governor's press room).

The event is sponsored by the LegiSchool Project, an award-winning civic education project of California State University, Sacramento and the State Legislature, administered by the Center for California Studies. It's titled "Testing One, Two, Three: Is Testing in California Pushing Students Too Far?"

Panelists will include members of the State Assembly and the State Senate, as well as the 10 students who won the LegiSchool essay contest this year. Hundreds of other students in California will view the meeting live on the California Channel or on videotape.

They will discuss the long list of standardized tests taken by California students - SAT 9, the High School Exit Exam, SAT I and SAT II, Golden State Exams, etc.

Topics will include: At what costs are these tests being administered? Is standardized testing necessary to ensure that students obtain the best possible education? Are standardized tests a biased and one-sided approach to assessing a student's competence?

Paula Gardner, a professor from the CSUS College of Education, will moderate.

More information is available by contacting Bernadette Halbrook, LegiSchool project director, at (916) 278-6173 or by visiting the LegiSchool website at


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