Obama Calls for End to Over-testing

The Obama administration on Saturday called for cuts in standardized tests for school pupils and acknowledged its own contribution to the problem of “over-testing”, one of the hottest topics in education policy. President Obama urged schools to cap standardized testing at 2% of classroom time. He also took responsibility for the federal government’s creation of a culture in which testing had become the “be-all and end-all” in pre-college education. Obama and outgoing education secretary Arne Duncan plan to meet teachers and school officials in the Oval Office on Monday. The Obama administration said it still supported standardized tests as a necessary assessment tool.

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