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HOW LEARNING HAPPENS

High school students in the Johns Hopkins University summer program, Engineering Innovation, compete in an annual spaghetti bridge-building competition. Above: The A'hunna Key-Lows push their bridge to the limit. Below: The Key-Lows' winning bridge shatters — but only after holding 53 pounds. Lydia Thompson/NPR 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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Nine-year-old Q Daily, center, was born a girl, and just finished his first full school year as a boy. Brad Horrigan for NPR hide caption

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Mindy Przeor founded an after-school and summer running club in Mesa, Ariz. Jason Millstein for NPR hide caption

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Lannie Castagne teaches first grade at Brimley Elementary School. She does monthly reading assessments to make sure her students are on track. Jennifer Guerra/Michigan Public Radio hide caption

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Whaley walks his students back to class from the library. Christopher Gregory for NPR hide caption

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"Instead of focusing on courses and credits students need to take, we're going to focus on the skills and knowledge they need to have to enter the classroom," says Arthur Levine, the president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Cargo/ImageZoo/Corbis hide caption

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Kendrick Lamar visits Brian Mooney's English classes at High Tech High School in North Bergen, N.J., on Monday. Adam Wolffbrandt/NPR hide caption

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