As printed in the Washington Post, September 15, 1997
The debate about voluntary national testing for fourth-grade reading and eighth-grade math has until now been dominated by two views.
One view has been voiced by some conservatives and Republicans, notably Rep. Bill Goodling, chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. They oppose national testing under any condition.
The other view is that of the Clinton administration, which has its own national testing scheme.