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Date: Thu Jul 28 2005 - 09:56:53 EDT

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NIFL-assessment colleagues,

Thanks to Howard for the engaging way in which he opened this topic.

On Jul 28, 2005, at 9:17 AM, Pauline Mcnaughton wrote:

> .Standardized testing may not always be the "sharpest knife" in the  
> drawer
> someone told me recently, but it is often the only knife in the  
> drawer.

To continue Pauline's great metaphor:

1) We should use the best knives we have.
2) We may need some new, better knives.
3) We should be careful not to use knives when spoons or forks would  
be better.
4) We should avoid using knives to hammer nails or fasten buttons (ouch)

David J. Rosen

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