Pro to the question "Is the Use of Standardized Tests Improving Education in America?"
"Testing has been a valuable part of the educational process since the days of Socrates. There is nothing new or scary about it. It lets teachers and parents know how kids are doing and lets students see the rewards of hard work.
That's why assessments are part of the No Child Left Behind Act. The law's emphasis on high standards and accountability has led to a sharp focus on results.
Students are no longer overlooked and shuffled from grade to grade, whether they have learned the material or not. The achievement gap between rich and poor and black and white is no longer treated as a sad fact of life, but rather as a problem to be solved. As President Bush likes to say, what gets measured gets done."
"Is Standardized Testing the Correct Answer? YES," Atlanta Journal-Constitution (archived at Ed.gov), Oct. 14, 2005
Experts Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of education. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to education.
Involvement and Affiliations:
President and CEO, Margaret Spellings and Company
Senior Advisor, President of the US Forum for Policy Innovation, US Chamber of Commerce
Former Volunteer Advisor to former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney's 2012 US presidential campaign
US Secretary of Education, 2005-2009
White House Domestic Policy Advisor, 2001-2005
Former Senior Advisor to Texas Governor George W. Bush
Political Director, George W. Bush's Texas gubernatorial campaign, 1994
Former Associate Executive Director of the Texas Association of School Boards
Board Member, Capital Group Companies American Funds
Board Member, ConnectEDU
Board Member, America’s Promise Alliance
Board Member, Broad Center for the Management of School Systems
Member, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Advisory Council
Former Member, Bertelsmann AG Education Advisory Board
Former Board Member, The Education Equality Project
BA, Political Science, University of Houston, 1979
The New York Times reported ("Vouchers Unspoken, Romney Hails School Choice" by Trip Gabriel, June 11, 2012) that Ms. Spellings was an informal advisor to 2012 US presidential candidate Mitt Romney but withdrew "once the candidate rejected strong federal accountability measures."
Member, Aspen Institute Commission to Reform the Federal Appointments Process
Board Member, Special Olympics
Born in Michigan on Nov. 30, 1957
"Margaret Spellings is the... first mother of school-aged children to serve as Education Secretary...
Prior to her tenure as Education Secretary, Spellings served as Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, where she helped create the No Child Left Behind Act..." "Margaret Spellings, US Secretary of Education—Biography," Ed.gov (accessed Apr. 30, 2012)