Arne Duncan says schools must focus on educational needs of students

In an open letter to America’s teachers, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently wrote “You have told me you believe that the No Child Left Behind Act has prompted some schools—especially low-performing ones—to teach to the test, rather than focus on the educational needs of students. Because of the pressure to boost test scores, NCLB has narrowed the curriculum, and important subjects like history, science, the arts, foreign languages, and physical education have been de-emphasized.”

Duncan said, “Together with you, I want to develop a system of evaluation that draws on meaningful observations and input from your peers, as well as a sophisticated assessment that measures individual student growth, creativity, and critical thinking.”

Source:  http://1.usa.gov/lK7UXP

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