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Censorship: The ELA Exposed

Editorial commentary on Censorship: The ELA Exposed

Censored Works
Representative Samples of Literary Works Altered on NY State Regents English Language Arts Examinations.

The Paper Trail: Correspondence About Censorship
Read the letters and learn about The Sensitivity Review Guidelines

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Using Multiple Measures: A Pilot Program For State Accountability
To: Chancellor Bennett
From: Committee of Concerned Educators

"...We urge the Board of Regents to endorse a policy that embeds multiple measures assessment in New York State's accountability system and allows greater flexibility for students to demonstrate high standards..."

How New York Exams Rewrite Literature
The New York Times
"In the world of make-or-break exams, one question scored incorrectly can make all the difference in a student's future. In Massachusetts last month, after a student discovered there was a second correct answer to a math question on the state test, 449 students who had flunked were suddenly eligible for high school diplomas."

The Elderly Man and the Sea? Test Sanitizes Literary Texts
The New York Times
"...A number of the writers and scholars Ms. Heifetz contacted have written indignant letters that have also been submitted to the education commissioner. Mr. Conroy wrote in part: "Who are these people who think they have a right to 'tidy up' my prose? The New York State Political Police? The Correct Theme Authority?"

A panel of university English and writing professors, under the auspices of the Rockefeller Foundation, reviewed several recent English Language Arts Regents exams and concluded that they "do not identify a studentís readiness for college-level work," and that critical thinking, literature, and writing were poorly served by the test
(Regents Exam Review Panel, June 7, 2001).