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Anti-Testing: Unlikely Common Ground?

November 19, 2012

At first glance, the 2012 elections didn?t seem to have much bearing on education policies. After all, the fundamental debates around schools?whether to increase the role of testing, merit pay, charter schools and school choice?are, for the most part, outside the realm of partisan politics. Among both Democratic and Republican leadership, there?s a fair amount of consensus in the self-proclaimed reform agenda, which seeks to make schools more like a marketplace and relies on testing to offer metrics for success. It?s the one area where the parties seem to agree. Heck, Obama?s Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is American Prospects

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