CBS Evening News for Sunday, May 24, 1981
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REPORTER: Morton Dean
(Santa Maria, California) [Assistant principal Arcadia HS, Wade ASKEW - announces proficiency tests.] California's requirement that high school srs. pass such exams prior to graduation examined; percentage failing the exam noted. Details of exam outlined. [Supt. Schools, Santa Maria high school Dist., Wilbur WHEATON - calls it reality of life.] [Marcello TORO, Teresa CLAY, Calvin STEELS - support tests.] Criticism by NEA (National Education Association) of proficiency tests reported [NEA executive dir. Terry HERNDON - thinks test is vicious.] [Author, Rudolph FLESCH - calls situation an educational catastrophe.] Flesch, author of "Why Johnny Still Can't Read", noted attacking United States education system. [FLESCH - says schools teach students the wrong way.] Reading level of many HS students mentioned. [WHEATON - comments.]
REPORTER: Gary Shepard
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