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12th August

First Published in The New York Sun, August 12, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

The city’s Department of Education released the testing schedule for the next school year, enraging parents, principals, and politicians alike. Students in three grades will be required to take two nearly identical sets of standardized examinations, a wasteful, expensive enterprise that is providing ammunition for anti-testing advocates.

Educrats here blame the state Education Department, which in turn blames the No Child Left Behind law spearheaded by the Bush administration. In this case, the blame rests squarely with our state officials, who demonstrate incompetence when it comes to assessing the academic progress made by our children. City officials, such as Chancellor Klein and the mayor himself, ought to be complaining about the expense, effort, and embarrassment that has fallen on them as a result. (more…)