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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan Says to Keep Test Scores in Perspective

While student scores on New York state tests are dropping, officials are urging parents and educators to keep them in perspective.

SchoolBook reports on the comments of U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan:

In a conference call with New York State Education Commissioner John King, Duncan said New York is leading the country by adopting more challenging math and reading standards known as the Common Core. He said many states had fooled people into believing students were doing better than they really were by using tests that were too easy.

"What's the goal here? Is the goal to look good on paper or to help students be successful?" he asked. "I think the only way you improve is to tell the truth, and sometimes that's a brutal truth, but to have a very honest conversation and then to move from there."

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