Authors call for more reading, less time on standardized tests

10/23/2013 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

The nonprofit National Center for Fair & Open Testing organized an effort by the more than 120 authors and illustrators to ask President Barack Obama to scale back the national focus on standardized testing. The letter -- delivered to the White House and signed by Maya Angelou, Judy Blume and others -- states, "Our public school students spend far too much time preparing for reading tests and too little time curling up with books that fire their imaginations."

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