Education Nation: Experts debate high-stakes testing in public schools

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

As schools across the nation continue to roll out changes in response to 2010 national education standards, standardized testing has once again sparked controversy over its role in assessing both student and teacher performance in public schools.

A panel of educational leaders tackled the issue of testing Monday morning as part of NBC’s fourth annual Education Nation Summit, a three-day series of panels and discussions exploring “What It Takes” to ensure students are prepared for college and careers.

The new national academic standards known as the Common Core are being voluntarily implemented in 45 states and Washington, D.C. While the four panel participants generally agreed that common standards and testing were essential, the group was divided over the “high stakes” role of tests as a way to assess teacher performance and student preparedness.

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