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Spellings on Higher Ed Commish

Here’s a story from the Austin-American Statesman that claims

U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, visiting Austin over the weekend, all but endorsed a special panel’s sweeping recommendations to increase financial aid for college students, measure student learning with standardized tests and require colleges to disclose data on graduation rates, spending and other matters.

Standardized tests for incoming freshmen and graduating seniors, low-stakes ones, may be the most important curricular reform engine to come along in many years. It would be interesting to see just how much knowledge and skills college students actually acquire in their four years on campus.

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