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In WSJ, Joel Klein criticizes part of Obama’s ed philosophy

Rumors are swirling that he could be named the next Secretary of Education, but Schools Chancellor Joel Klein doesn’t appear to be going out of his way to please the president-elect.

In an article about Barack Obama’s education policy in today’s Wall Street Journal, Klein criticizes the idea of holding schools and students accountable without relying on standardized tests. Obama has pledged to reform the federal No Child Left Behind law in part by decreasing accountability systems’ reliance on standardized testing.

From the article:

Joel Klein, chancellor of the New York City schools, expressed skepticism about using alternative testing. If you water down accountability, if success or failure depends on the eye of the beholder, you run the risk of letting down kids, he said.