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Contradictions of School Reform: Educational Costs of Standardized Testing


reviewed by Barry Gold 2002

coverTitle: Contradictions of School Reform: Educational Costs of Standardized Testing
Author(s): Linda M. McNeil
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415920736 , Pages: 304 , Year: 2000
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The unveiling of President George W. Bush's education reform plan on January 23, 2001 elevated Linda M. McNeil's Contradictions of School Reform from supplemental to required reading for every person interested in education in America. This is because McNeil's excellent study describes, dissects, and explains the effect of the implementation of similar education reforms in Houston, Texas from their inception in 1982 under the guidance of H. Ross Perot through George W. Bush's years as the governor of Texas. As a result, McNeil's research provides a preview of the possible effects of Bush's national educational reform proposals on America's schools. As in Texas, the centerpiece of the Bush administration plan focuses on creating teacher and school accountability through standardized student testing. "Putting accountability first," proclaims a Wall Street Journal editorial that approves of Bush's educational reform plan because it addresses the needs of the 21st century work force, will now force the debate to come to grips with a stark reality, namely that public schools, no matter how... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 1, 2002, p. 7-12
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10732, Date Accessed: 10/22/2014 5:41:47 PM

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  • Barry Gold
    Pace University
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    Barry A. Gold, Associate Professor of Management, Pace University, is the author of "Punctuated Legitimacy: A Theory of Educational Change," Teachers College Record, 1999. Gold is currently doing research on a court ordered reform in urban education.
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