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Stop High-Stakes Testing: An Appeal to America’s Conscience


reviewed by Audrey Amrein-Beardsley — May 07, 2008

coverTitle: Stop High-Stakes Testing: An Appeal to America’s Conscience
Author(s): Dale D. Johnson, Bonnie Johnson, Stephen J. Farenga, and Daniel Ness
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 0742559386, Pages: 178, Year: 2007
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Stop High-Stakes Testing: An Appeal to America’s Conscience is, as the title suggests, an appeal to readers to do whatever they can to stop high-stakes testing. But it is more specifically an appeal to readers, including politicians and policy makers, to address the very real, historically situated, socio-political problems that inhibit student learning. In my opinion, a title which more effectively captures its essence might be The Call for a Renewed War on Poverty: Why Marginalized Students in America’s Public Schools Fail High-Stakes Tests. The best parts of the book include the following: Chapter 2 – Chronic Racism in which Johnson, Johnson, Farenga and Ness provide an historical and well-grounded account of the roots of racism from slavery through the modern day school house; Chapter 3 – The Excluded Class: Poverty, Race, and Social Class in which the authors explore the very real disparities between the poor and rich and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 07, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15246, Date Accessed: 12/12/2017 8:48:17 PM

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  • Audrey Amrein-Beardsley
    Arizona State University
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    AUDREY AMREIN-BEARDSLEY is an Assistant Professor in the College of Teacher Education and Leadership at Arizona State University. Her research interests include educational policy, research methods, and educational assessments and high-stakes tests. Her most recent publications include Methodological Concerns about the Education Value-Added Analysis System in the March 2008 issue of Educational Researcher and “This is Jeopardy: Stronger Accountability and the Assault on America’s Public Schools,” to be published in summer 2008 in The School Administrator.
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