Pro to the question "Is the Use of Standardized Tests Improving Education in America?"
"...[I]f you don’t test whether people are getting it, then you can live under the illusion that they got it without the proof that they’re getting it. And so to me the challenge is to make sure the tests are rigorous, that they test the full range of things, but don’t walk away from assessment.
When I went to public school, every Friday we got tested on vocabulary. And you know what? It was a way to make sure you know what assiduous meant, and that’s very important. And we got tested on math and if I got things wrong, then I went back to try to learn them and my teacher went back to try to help me understand them.
Now if all you do at the end of a block is move onto the next block, what happens is what happens in many public schools, people move through the system without acquiring the knowledge and the skills they need. And when they get to the end, they drop out or fail out or don’t succeed, and so assessment is an absolutely essential—it’s not the only part—but it’s an absolutely essential part of the educational equation."
"What Is the Proper Role of State Student Assessment?," BigThink.com, May 28, 2008
Experts Individuals with PhDs, heads of government, members of federal legislative bodies, and individuals with graduate degrees and significant post-graduate involvement in fields relevant to the study of education. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Former Partner and Associate, Rogovin, Stern & Huge
Former partner, Klein, Farr, Smith & Taranto
Former Chairman, Green Door (Washington, DC-based mental health program)
Former treasurer, World Federation for Mental Health
Winner, volunteer recognition award, National Association of
Has argued 11 cases before the US Supreme Court
Has a daughter, Julia, and stepdaughter, Harriet
Married to Nicole Seligman (second marriage)
Legal name is Joel Irwin Klein
Born in New York, NY on Oct. 25, 1946
"By the late 1990s, Mr. Klein was gaining international renown for his aggressive prosecution [on behalf of the United States] of Microsoft, a seemingly invincible technology behemoth with deep pockets and a high-powered legal team...
The government’s victory over Microsoft won Mr. Klein legions of admirers, eventually including the company’s co-founder Bill Gates, who became a major donor to New York City schools." "Joel I. Klein," NYTimes.com, May 8, 2012