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Obama decree reignites questions over how much is too much testing in schools




Teacher Arlene Lebowitz assists a student in her third-grade class during summer school July 2, 2003 in Chicago, Illinois.
Teacher Arlene Lebowitz assists a student in her third-grade class during summer school July 2, 2003 in Chicago, Illinois.
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President Obama met with a group of teachers and educators Monday, including outgoing Education Secretary Arne Duncan, at the Oval Office to address the issue of over-testing in schools.

The meeting came a day after President Obama released a Facebook video, calling for the Department of Education to drastically reduced the number of standardized tests students must take to 2 percent of classroom time.

If our kids had more free time at school, what would you want them to do with it?

 

If our kids had more free time at school, what would you want them to do with it? A) Learn to play a musical instrument?B) Study a new language?C) Learn how to code HTML?D) Take more standardized tests?Take the quiz, then watch President Obama's message about smarter ways to measure our kids’ progress in school.

Posted by The White House on Saturday, October 24, 2015

 

Guests:

Pedro Noguera, distinguished professor of education and director of the Center for the Study of School Transformation at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies

Marcus Winters, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. His research focuses on education policy, including school choice, accountability, and teacher quality