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At the present time thirty-seven states have passed enabling legislation forming some type of minimum competency testing (henceforth to be called MCT). These tests can cover all students kindergarten to high school and currently affect 75% of our country's population. Many of these programs were started by state legislatures, groups that are not often swift and consistent in their actions. Lazarus (1980) says, 11 ••• it is remarkable to see so many states passing laws, which have at least some resemblance to one another, at a rate of several states per year. Competency testing must appear to hold special promise for so many states to climb on board so fast" (p. 6). What is this special promise? What brought about this rapid development? What has occurred in the MCT movement so far? Where is it going? All these questions are important to the understanding of the force this movement has been, and will continue to be in education. First, it is essential to explore what is meant by MCT.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Norman McCumsey


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