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Collateral Damage: How High Stakes Testing Corrupts America's Schools


reviewed by Gary Natriello — March 14, 2007

coverTitle: Collateral Damage: How High Stakes Testing Corrupts America's Schools
Author(s): Sharon L. Nichols and David C. Berliner
Publisher: Harvard Education Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 1891792350, Pages: 200, Year: 2007
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If you are looking for a synthesis that pulls together a good deal of the background literature on high stakes testing, combines it with some of the latest research on testing practices, and the myriad press accounts of the reactions to NCLB testing policies from teachers, administrators, parents, and students, then look no further than Collateral Damage:  How High-Stakes Testing Corrupts America’s Schools by Sharon Nichols and David Berliner.  Nichols and Berliner have marshaled a wealth of information to support their contention that high-stakes testing, far from having the uplifting effects promised by advocates and the policy makers who have embraced it as a reform lever for U.S. schools, is undermining the educational system and corrupting all those who are touched by it. Nichols and Berliner lay out their case in seven well organized and accessible chapters.  In Chapter 1 they highlight some long-standing criticisms of high-stakes testing and systematically dismantle... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 14, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 13828, Date Accessed: 11/25/2014 3:40:18 PM

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