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The Truth About Testing: An Educator's Call to Action


reviewed by Paul Bielawski — 2003

coverTitle: The Truth About Testing: An Educator's Call to Action
Author(s): W. James Popham
Publisher: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA
ISBN: 0871205238, Pages: 167, Year: 2001
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W. James Popham is a fixture on the circuit, appearing at every major conference and in almost every discussion about standardized tests.  His self-reference as a “recovering test developer,” is typical of the humor and easy style used in this readable synopsis of issues around state standardized tests.  In this book, he succinctly skewers current state test designs, calls for new content standards on which to base tests, and offers guidance for action to turn these recommendations into reality.   Standardized testing is the issue of the day.  Parents are excluding their kids from state tests.  Many teachers feel that they are sacrificing a broad curriculum to focus narrowly on test preparation.  Even more immediate is the implementation of the new federal “No Child Left Behind Act” which requires each state to expand its testing plan.   The Truth About Testing contains examples of poor practices that are all too prevalent.  It begins with an introduction outlining the history of standardized testing.  The litany of abuses is long: pressure on... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 1, 2003, p. 113-116
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10916, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 7:57:17 AM

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  • Paul Bielawski
    Michigan Department of Education
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    PAUL BIELAWSKI is Special Assistant for Underperforming Schools, Michigan Department of Education. He has a background in history of American education and educational policy. He served as state Curriculum Supervisor, working on the Michigan Curriculum Framework, prior to becoming involved directly in the state accountability system. His current project is the development of Education YES! – A Yardstick for Excellent Schools, which is Michigan’s state school accreditation system.
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