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High Stakes: Poverty, Testing and Failure in American Schools (Second Edition)


reviewed by Holly Yettick — April 19, 2006

coverTitle: High Stakes: Poverty, Testing and Failure in American Schools (Second Edition)
Author(s): Dale D. Johnson and Bonnie Johnson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 0742535320, Pages: 257, Year: 2006
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Spiders the sizes of silver dollars scuttle across the floors. Holes in the walls admit ant parades and the occasional daring rat. The only playground equipment is for the preschoolers, and the only faucet that emits hot running water is in the teacher’s lounge. Yet consultants driving fancy cars provide thousands of dollars worth of test-preparation software in a school with no library. That is the grim reality that greets University of Wisconsin professors Dale and Bonnie Johnson in the summer of 2000 when they arrive at an impoverished Louisiana elementary school. The husband-wife team had taken a year-long, unpaid leave from the University of Louisiana at Monroe to teach third and fourth graders at the school they call Redbud Elementary. They wanted to “refresh” themselves “with real-life teaching experience” (p. xvii). They also wanted to “see firsthand the effects of the accountability movement on life in school” (p. xvii). In... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 19, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12491, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 11:52:12 PM

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  • Holly Yettick
    University of Colorado at Boulder
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    HOLLY YETTICK is a doctoral student in School of Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research interests include detracking and other urban school reforms.
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