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Back to School AP Poll Testing-6

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2013, file photo New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, left, talks about standardized test scores during a news conference in New York. A new poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds parents of school-age children view standardized tests as a useful way to track student progress and school quality. Most parents say their own children are given about the right number of standardized tests, according to the AP-NORC poll. And almost three quarters say they favor changes that would make it easier for schools to fire poorly performing teachers. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)