In Florida, Texas and Ohio, politicians are making high-stakes testing a campaign issue, reports the Washington Post. In Florida, the candidates for governor are arguing over the state test, which affects teacher pay, school budgets and promotion to fourth grade.
Republican Charlie Crist is offering to push forward with the testing regime, but Democrat Jim Davis has condemned what he calls its “punitive” nature, arguing that exam pressures have transformed schools into “dreary test-taking factories.”
But low-performing students have made “real gains” in Florida, Eduwonk notes. And national polls show public support for standards and testing.