Mathews: Two superintendents discuss high-stakes testing

Washington Post education writer Jay Mathews sponsors a lively e-mail debate between Bellevue, Wash., schools chief Mike Riley and Fairport, N.Y., schools superintendent Bill Cala over the pros and cons of national and state tests. Although Riley believes flawed instruments still can yield good information, Cala counters that when such tests can jeopardize a child's chance of going to college, they cause enormous harm.

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