Museums are increasingly tailoring their displays and programming to state standards in the hopes of drawing testing-focused schools back for field trips. "I actually think this has been an opportunity for museums to show their relevance," said Elizabeth Babcock, education director of a Chicago natural-history museum that has seen its student attendance drop in recent years. "We've had to take a step back and say, 'Those old models as a field trip destination are wonderful, but they're not sufficient.'"

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