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Moving Towards a National Test

by Alfie Kohn

Dane Linn of the National Governors' Association, who's spearheading the national standards effort, took questions today during an Education Week-sponsored on-line chat. Toward the end, someone wrote in to say, "What we're really doing here is opening the door to a national test, aren't we?"

Here's Linn's response in full: "Secretary Duncan has set aside $350 million for those states that adopt the standards to develop a set of common assessments. In our conversation with states, many have indicated that the standards alone will not drive teaching and learning. In addition, a STATE LED common set of assessments has the potential to also create greater efficiencies and free up resources for better professional development."

In other words: Yes.

— Alfie Kohn
Education Week on-line chat


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