Fewer, more strategic tests under the Common Core State Standards could boost student achievement, three education leaders assert. In this commentary, Marc Tucker, president of the National Center on Education and the Economy, Linda Darling-Hammond, faculty director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, and John Jackson, president of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, write that "high standards aligned to first-rate curricula and assessments are a necessary step to enable high and equitable achievement."

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