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Rejecting national test, Massachusetts shifts its model

Elizabeth DiNolo at Rumney Marsh Academy, Revere, Massachusetts, handing out graded tests to her eighth-grade class.
Making his recommendation for a new test to the state board of education, Mr Chester described it as the best of both worlds.


IT has been one of the most stubborn problems in education: with 50 states, 50 standards and 50 tests, how could anyone really know what US students were learning, or how well?

At a dinner with colleagues in 2009, Mitchell Chester, Massachusetts' commissioner of education,