Standardized Tests: What Are We Trying to Measure?


Guests:

John Merrow
* Former Teacher and Host of the PBS education series The Merrow Report and the correspondent for the Frontline documentary Testing Our Schools
* Author, Choosing Excellence (Scarecrow Press, 2001)

Jeff Howard
* Founder and President of the Efficacy Institute (non-profit educational training and consulting company)

Dan Koretz
* Professor of Educational Assessment, Harvard Graduate School of Education

In 1983, a landmark report "A Nation at Risk" warned that America's schools were failing. Standardized tests became the answer. And now nearly two decades later, all 50 states have adopted some form of standards and standardized tests. Join Neal Conan for a special broadcast on tests and testing, in conjunction with Frontline, on the next Talk of the Nation from NPR News.

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