For educators and millions of other Americans, Barack Obama's election as 44th president of the United States indicates that the nation is ready for change--in economic policy, in health care, and especially in education. With Democrats on track to gain at least five seats in the Senate and 19 in the House, according to projections at press time on Nov. 6, and with Democrats ahead of Republicans in gubernatorial elections 29 to 21, many reforms in student assessments, early education, and teacher incentives appeared to be on the horizon.


"We're excited about President-elect Obama's agenda; we think he presents a compelling...

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