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New York--The nation's chief state school officers, who a year ago set themselves the task of developing a way to compare student achievement on a state-by-state basis, will consider a proposal at their meeting next month to use test questions from the National Assessment of Educational Progress for that purpose.
As a native Arkansan, former teacher educator, and present superintendent of an Oregon school district, I read with great interest Peggy Maddox's recent Commentary, "Testing Arkansas Teachers: The 'Quick-Fix' Politics of Reform". In my opinion, Ms. Maddox is definitely marching to the beat of the wrong drummer.
The Chicago Board of Education's recent decision to drop Chicago Mastery Learning Reading as a required program may have appeared to be a political move, not one based on the merits of the program.
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