During last week's National PTA Convention, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan addressed teachers' concerns, including an abundance of paperwork, the focus on testing and pressure to pass students who are not ready. Duncan said he supports changes to testing, which he said are too simplistic and not a true measure of student achievement. "In far too many states around the country, we are lying to children. You tell a child that they are on track to meet an arbitrary benchmark, and in fact they are woefully underprepared. We do them a grave disservice," Duncan said.
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