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Duncan: "Don't Teach to the Test!"

Anthony Cody Science Coach and mentor, Oakland, California

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan had some shocking words to say to 200 hundred teachers in North Carolina yesterday. "Don't teach to the test."

He said:
"We want to give every child a chance to discover their genius, what they're best at,"

Otherwise, Duncan said, the nation won't be able to keep up with technology advances being made in other countries. He also took aim at the emphasis on standardized testing as part of President George W. Bush's "No Child Left Behind" program.

This has huge implications, as I describe on my blog here:

http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2010/02/duncan.html

Most importantly, it is a further indication that richer assessments may be on the way!

What do you think?

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