The Obama administration is now tying states’ access to federal education funds to the ways they hold teachers accountable for students’ success. That all sounds good in theory, but The Nation‘s Dana Goldstein explains how this is causing most states to push test-heavy approaches to evaluating student achievement, and how such models can hurt student’s engagement more than they can help.

For more on educational policy, tune into a live chat hosted by Dana Goldstein this Thursday, May 17 at 5pm with a representative from the Educators for Excellence network and Mark Anderson, a New York City public school special-education teacher and contributor to the blog Schools as Ecosystems.