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Are U.S. students overtested? Just how much standardized student testing is there? How much of the average student's career is spent in activities related to standardized testing? How much of the average teacher's school year is spent in preparing for or monitoring the administration of standardized student tests?
Most people believe that developing the talents of our children is an important and valuable goal. In fact, it is hard to imagine standing up at a school board meeting and saying, "Why are we wasting all of this time and money on helping students develop their talents?" Yet as ludicrous as that sounds, it happens all the time during debates over the appropriateness of gifted education programs.
American teachers are making history and setting records. In just 30 years, since collective bargaining began in education, the two national teachers' unions are poised to merge, representing the largest labor consolidation in U.S. history.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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