[caption id="attachment_44874" align="alignleft" width="150"]Duncan said that assessments are only as good as the standards being tested. Duncan said assessments are only as good as the standards being tested.[/caption]

Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Sept. 2 announced the recipients of millions of dollars in federal grants to provide new state assessment systems to test students’ 21st-century skills. The announcement comes as part of the recent push from the federal Education Department (ED) for higher-performing schools and common standards.

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