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No Child Left Behind Rewrite Should Limit Standardized Testing, Duncan Plans to Say

After years of dancing around Congress to help states evade the No Child Left Behind Act, the Obama administration thinks it’s time to go back to the legislative drawing board.

No Child Left Behind, the Bush-era school accountability law, must be rewritten, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan plans to say in a speech Monday, according to prepared remarks. And despite an ever-growing chorus against required standardized testing, tests must remain mandatory, Duncan is expected to say, because “parents, teachers and students have both the right and the need to know how much progress all students are making each year.”