[caption id="attachment_31381" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="“We should be tight on standards … but loose about how to get there,” Duncan said. "]“We should be tight on standards … but loose about how to get there,” Duncan said. [/caption]

Calling No Child Left Behind a “blunt instrument” that placed more emphasis on defining failure than encouraging success, Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Feb. 12 outlined the Obama administration’s vision for rewriting the nation’s education law.

Speaking to school superintendents during the American Association of School Administrators’ National Conference on Education, Duncan identified three principles...

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