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Sandy Kress (right) an attorney from Dallas, listens to Texas Education Agency general counsel David Anderson in 2004. Kress was the chief education consultant to the Bush administration's No Child Left Behind initiative. Harry Cabluck/AP hide caption

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Mathias "Spider" Schergen in his art room at Jenner Elementary Academy of the Arts in Chicago. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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We know very little about what goes into standardized tests, who really designs them, and how they're scored. iStockphoto hide caption

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Principal Ali Shalalha stands at the entrance of the high school. Though the school has closed for summer, it's filled with students who are studying for exams. Tanya Habjouqa for NPR hide caption

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