ERIC Number: ED247286
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Common Sense, Common Law and Common Tests.
Dorsey, William R., Jr.
The second round of litigation in the case of Debra P. v. Turlington has required the Federal courts to consider the question whether the Florida statute which requires public high school graduates to demonstrate the "ability to successfully apply basic skills to every day life situations" as measured by the State Student Assessment Test, Part II (SSAT-II), operates to deprive some students of diplomas in a manner so fundamentally unfair as to offend the due process and equal protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. After background on the original litigation is presented, this paper describes a similar case from Tattnall County, Georgia, and Florida's evidence in the Debra P. case. Judge Carr's opinion is then briefly reviewed. Though the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has not yet ruled, rulings in similar cases are described, and seem to uphold the use of tests like the SSAT-II. (BW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Appeals (Hearings); Debra P v Turlington; Florida; Florida State Student Assessment Test Part II
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association and the National Council on Measurement in Education (New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).