Joshua Starr is superintendent of the Montgomery County public schools. He has stepped forward as an outspoken critic of standardized testing. He is emerging as a national voice against the national obsession with testing, ranking and rating students, teachers and schools. He has a different agenda: education. He recently was criticized for failing to follow the lead of ex-superintendents Rhee, Klein and Brizard, none of whom has a record of success.

Here, Carol Corbett Burris, principal of South Side High School in Rockville Center, Long Island, New York, expresses support for Starr.

Starr is working with Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., superintendent Heath Morrison to counteract the failed national agenda of No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top.