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Testing Expands to Kids in Head Start

February 6, 2003
AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
David Pierson
Los Angeles Times

U.S. says exams will be used to assess the program. Some experts think children are too young for the results to have meaning.

The exam, to be instituted this year for about 500,000 children enrolled in Head Start programs throughout the country, represents the first time children as young as 4 years old will be tested on such a grand scale, education researchers said. The Bush administration, in advocating the test, said the pre-kindergarten Head Start program should join the movement in K-12 grades to test youngsters’ academic skills as a way to assess schools’ competency.