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Backers, critics of high-stakes tests clash in New York City

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NEW YORK — Supporters and critics of high-stakes standardized tests are squaring off at a New York City conference on education. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said Monday that New York state's rollout of tests aligned with the rigorous Common Core standards was "a debacle." Just 31 percent of New York students in grades 3 through 8 passed the 2012 tests in math and...

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