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Does standardized testing have to be counterproductive? In Atlanta, 35 teachers and administrators were indicted this week for conspiring to raise student scores on standardized tests.  In El Paso, a former superintendent’s in prison for putting kids in the wrong grade, pushing them out of school or preventing them from enrolling—so that test scores would meet high standards of accountability.  Texas spends more on standardized testing than any other state.  It’s where George W. Bush got the idea for “No Child Left Behind,” which evolved into “Race to the Top” under Barack Obama.  After 20 years of education “reform,” a backlash is growing. Is there such a thing as too much “accountability?”

Banner Photo: REUTERS/Jim Young

Main Topic Is High-Stakes Testing the Ruin of School Reform? 35 MIN, 8 SEC

Guests:
Gayle Fallon, Houston Federation of Teachers
Michael Petrilli, Thomas Fordham Foundation (@MichaelPetrilli)
Deborah Sigman, California Department of Education (@CADeptEd)
Robert Schaeffer, National Center for Fair and Open Testing (@FairTestOffice)

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