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From Atlanta, Georgia to El Paso, Texas to Los Angeles, California, there’ve been charges of systematic cheating on standardized testing by administrators and teachers. After 20 years of education “reform,” a backlash is growing. Is there such a thing as too much “accountability?” Does standardized testing have to be counterproductive?

Also, the Final Four—and listener reaction to our program on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  

Banner Photo: REUTERS/Jim Young

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Kerry Cavanaugh
Katie Cooper
Evan George
Anna Scott
Caitlin Shamberg
Sonya Geis

Making News This Month’s Jobs Report Disappoints on Several Levels 7 MIN, 29 SEC

If new job numbers for March hold up after future revisions, the news is bad indeed.  With 125,000 new jobs needed to keep up with a growing workforce, just 88,000 were added to the economy.  And federal action—or inaction—was part of the problem.  Sudeep Reddy from the Wall Street Journal joins us.

Guests:
Sudeep Reddy, Wall Street Journal (@Reddy)

Reporter's Notebook It’s Final Four Weekend 8 MIN, 45 SEC

When Louisville made this year’s Final Four, nobody was surprised.  Syracuse and Michigan are major powers, too.  But Wichita State was seeded Number 9.  Eamonn Brennan writes about college hoops for ESPN.   

Guests:
Eamonn Brennan, ESPN (@eamonnbrennan)

Main Topic Is High-Stakes Testing the Ruin of School Reform? 34 MIN, 3 SEC
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.

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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