November 18, 1987

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Onalee McGraw's recent Commentary ("Expanded NAEP Holds Risks," Oct. 28, 1987) is a provocative piece, raising legitimate concerns that anyone must address who advocates, as U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett and I do, an expanded National Assessment of Educational Progress as a powerful source of information about what our students are achieving.
Addressing this decade's unprecedented surge in global competition will require massive restructuring, reallocation of resources, and development of new approaches by virtually all sectors of American society. But while most major U.S. corporations are already striving in these ways to become more competitive, the same cannot be said of elementary, secondary, and undergraduate education. Our educational system is failing to prepare our young people to face the age's economic and technological challenges.
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