Obama criticizes standardized tests


President Obama released a video condemning "too much testing," and announced that he has asked the Department of Education to encourage states and localities to cut down on the practice.

"Tests shouldn't occupy too much classroom time, or crowd out teaching and learning," Obama said. "Learning is about so much more than just filling in the right bubble. So we're going to work with states, school districts, teachers and parents to make sure that we're not obsessing about testing."

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Obama asked, "If our kids had more free time at school, what would you want them to do with it?" He listed off learning to play a musical instrument, coding HTML, or gaining proficiency or fluency in a foreign language, as a better use of students' time.

"When I look back on the great teachers who shaped my life, what I remember isn't the way they prepared me to take a standardized test," he said.

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