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Measuring History: Cases of State-Level Testing Across the United States


reviewed by Keith C. Barton July 11, 2006

coverTitle: Measuring History: Cases of State-Level Testing Across the United States
Author(s): S. G. Grant (Ed.)
Publisher: Information Age Publishing, Charlotte
ISBN: 1593114796, Pages: 338, Year: 2006
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This important collection includes nine empirical studies on the impact of state-level history tests, along with several chapters summarizing research and policy issues in the area. The volume opens with three useful overviews—a description of the origins and current status of state history standards and their accompanying tests, an analysis of research on the impact of high-stakes tests, and a consideration of technical aspects of testing as applied to history. These introductory chapters are followed by eight qualitative case studies, and one quantitative survey, regarding the impact of testing on teachers in Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Virginia, Texas, Florida, and Mississippi. Most focus on teachers’ perceptions of the role of testing in their professional decision-making. The book ends with two further overviews—a synthesis of the findings presented throughout the book, and speculation on possible scenarios for the future of high-stakes history testing. By now most educators are familiar with arguments for... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: July 11, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12588, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 3:04:40 AM

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  • Keith Barton
    University of Cincinnati
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    KEITH C. BARTON is Professor in the Division of Teacher Education at the University of Cincinnati. His research focuses on the teaching and learning of history and social studies, and he is currently conducting research on history education in international contexts and on the history of the social studies curriculum in the United States. He is editor of Research Methods in Social Studies Education: Contemporary Issues and Perspectives (Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing, 2006) and co-author, with Linda S. Levstik, of Teaching History for the Common Good (Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2004).
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