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Student Testing: A Flashpoint for Debate about National Educational Policy

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan dismissed parents’ concerns about te overtesting of students. In response to a question during an appearance at Education Writers Association’s National Seminar in Chicago, Duncan said that students in some states are tested too much, and acknowledged that the exams are challenging for many students. But he argued that annual standardized exams are essential for tracking student progress and monitoring the score gap between different student groups. He also said the tests are “just not a traumatic event” for his children, who attend public school in Virginia.