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Teachers College Symposium Tackles Standardized Testing

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Columbia University's Teachers College is also tackling the issue of standardized testing.

The university hosted a day-long symposium that looked back at the history of education measurement, the problems associated with the new Common Core backlash, and future of standardized testing.

Organizers said that the purpose of the conference was not to brand the tests good or bad, but to help those in the field understand the current and future climate of standardized testing.

"The testing and assessment enterprise in the country is going to need to change if it's going to lead, generating information that helps us get better outcomes for kids, the vast majority of whom are now poor and are diverse," said Kent McGuire, president of the Southern Education Foundation.

"We hope that the testing and assessment programs in schools become somewhat less corporately-driven and more education-driven," said James Corter, professor of statistics and education at Teachers College.

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio says he wants to see less significance placed on standardized testing during his administration.

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