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Teachers protest standardized testing

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  • Seattle teachers refuse to give students the tests
  • Texas lawmakers cut budget for testing to zero in symbolic gesture

There appears to be a revolt forming across the country against high stakes standardized exams.

Teachers at several schools in Seattle are refusing to give students the state's test. They say the one-size fits all nature of the test does not fit with the curriculum.

And in Texas, the state's House of Representatives cut the budget for standardized testing to zero in protest. Leaders there say it was a symbolic gesture. Experts say the funding will be restored when the final budget is set.

So could standardized tests become a thing of the past? We ask Sam Chaltain, a senior fellow at the Institute for a Democratic Education in America. He is also the author of American Schools.

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