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Opinion: Pendulum swings back on standardized tests, history repeats itself

Barth Keck
Barth Keck

Barth Keck is an English teacher and assistant football coach who also teaches courses in journalism and media literacy at Haddam-Killingworth High School. Email Barth here

It’s easy to dismiss Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s recent plea to “reduce the time Connecticut students spend taking standardized tests” as an election-year ploy, given the most recent public polls on the topic.

But Malloy’s seeming shift in educational policy is as much a lesson in history as it is a political gambit.

Take Texas, for example.

Widely considered the trailblazer of the current standardized-testing movement in America, Texas initiated test-based accountability in 1993. One year after former Texas Governor George W. Bush was elected president, “the Texas model went nationwide when Bush signed No Child Left Behind (NCLB) into law, in January 2002.”

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

 

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