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Standardized testing hits a nerve

from USA Today

Nail biting, stress headaches, sleepless nights or all of the above. Standardized testing — and its side effects — has been part of the U.S. public education system for decades. But lately, the Common Core curriculum and revamped tests are coming under fire. Critics say the new tests put too much pressure on kids, waste instructional time and encourage educators to emphasize rote memorization — teaching to the test — in lieu of meaningful learning. The issue is proving political fodder during an election year, with both parties advocating for education reform. Critics of testing are picketing schools and urging parents to opt their children out of tests. more

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