Moderator’s introduction

Today's discussion focus is on standardized testing in the schools.
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Today's discussion focus is on standardized testing in the schools.

Credit: Jon Krause, NewsArt

Credit: Jon Krause, NewsArt

Today’s moderator: Maureen Downey

Maureen Downey has written about local, state and federal education policy at the AJC for 12 years. She’s also taught college classes in mass communications and journalism. However, she’s learned more about schools from having four children in them.

»Join the discussion online today: Share your opinions and ideas on Maureen's blog Get Schooled.

In education, we often devote more time talking about testing than we do about teaching and learning. Yet most people don’t understand the nuances of standardized testing and what the results actually tell us, a former state testing director says in an essay today. While there’s a growing call to stop the testing mania, another columnist, a former high school teacher, argues that standardized exams can be useful and accurate. Readers offer their views on one of the biggest tests of them all, the SAT.

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