Reposted from NPRed:
After a long stretch as the law of the land, annual standardized tests are being put to, well, the test. This week, the Senate education committee held a hearing on the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law and, specifically, on testing. The committee’s chairman, Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., has released a draft bill offering a lot more leeway to states in designing their own assessment systems.
But Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Sen. Patty Murray, the ranking Democrat on the committee, have dug in their heels to say that annual tests should remain mandatory. All this comes as parents, students and educators around the country are asking serious questions about the number of tests children are taking and the reasons they’re taking them.
I’ve just written a book on this topic, The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed with Standardized Testing – But You Don’t Have to Be, and Steve Inskeep sat down with me to ask me a few questions about it…