For months, President Obama and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan have touted a public school funding program called Race to the Top. The idea is that more than $4 billion in grant money will be awarded to states that can demonstrate improvements in their schools. But to qualify for the money, states must also remove any barriers to the practice of using student test scores to evaluate teachers. The Chicago-based Golden Apple Foundation
identifies and awards the best and the brightest in the teaching field. They recently conducted a survey among their membership on the effect standardized testing has on the classroom. Golden Apple President and CEO Dominic Belmonte explains.