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With Time Running Out, Arne Duncan Discusses His Lengthy To-Do List

In the waning years of the Obama administration, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sees several important and difficult priorities ahead of him, he told Education Week in a wide-ranging 30-minute interview.

Chief among them: The transition to new standards and tests, the debut of new teacher evaluations tied to test scores, and the costly drive to expand preschool. That’s “a lot of change in a short amount of time—none of it easy,” he said in an April 11 interview in his Washington office.

But if states and the federal government are able to navigate over a mountain of political and policy challenges, he said, then the result will “change education forever in some pretty extraordinary ways.”