Teaching to the test is a mistake, Harvard's Tony Wagner reminded the audience of his Nov. 18 keynote address to the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), because it interferes with transmitting the seven "survival skills" every student should acquire before graduating.

Wagner's remarks came during a forum organized in Washington, D.C., as one way to advance the 10-point "Action Plan" SETDA had issued the day before.

As the Obama administration prepares to take over in the nation's capital, SETDA and similar groups are offering advice on how federal policy makers and state and local education leaders can transform education and help students...

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