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Education's Next Big Test

A Washington Monthly Event

The biggest untold story in American education is the coming transformation of high-stakes testing. In 2014, a truly national set of high-stakes tests--as opposed to the uneven patchwork of state tests we've had for years--will be rolled out in most of the nation's classrooms. Rather than issuing from Congress, these tests are the product of quiet compacts between states and some money from Obama's stimulus. They will be totally computerized and tougher than anything most American students have ever experienced. And given the growing hostility in many quarters to high stakes testing, they are also likely to be highly controversial. Yet they have garnered almost no national media attention.

The latest issue of the Washington Monthly provides the first in-depth look at these new tests in a special report on education and “deeper learning.” Please join us for a discussion of what these and future new tests will look like and the profound changes they are likely to bring to America's schools. The panel of distinguished experts and writers will include:


Kevin Carey
Director, Education Policy Program
New America Foundation

Featured Speakers
Barbara Chow
Education Program Director, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Laura McGiffert Slover
Senior Vice President, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)

Bill Tucker
Deputy Director, Policy Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Susan Headden
Senior Writer/Editor, Education Sector

Bob Rothman
Senior Fellow, Alliance for Excellent Education

Paul Glastris
Editor-in-Chief, Washington Monthly

Event Time and Location

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 9:00am - 10:30am
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

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