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Holding Accountability Accountable: What Ought to Matter in Public Education


reviewed by Susan Ohanian — 2005

coverTitle: Holding Accountability Accountable: What Ought to Matter in Public Education
Author(s): Kenneth A. Sirotnik (Editor)
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807744646, Pages: 182, Year: 2004
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In this essay collection, ten well-respected educators join Kenneth A. Sirotnik to offer perspectives on “miseducative, misdirected, and misanthropic” (p.6) high-stakes testing practices. That is Sirotnik’s description. Other contributors are more tempered in their language. Probably these language differences account for the fact that I found Sirotnik’s opening and closing pieces the most stimulating in the book. Living in troubling times as we do, we need language that’s passionate, language that stirs people up and moves them to action. Sirotnik devised a structure to make this collection more cohesive than most essay compilations. He sent each contributor a series of eight claims for more responsible accountability (which he includes in the introduction), asking each author or author team to unpack one of these claims. I found it disquieting that Sirotnik announced right off that “None of us . . . are against standards. None of us believe that there are no good uses for test-based assessment or evaluation strategies.” (p.9) It would have been... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 2, 2005, p. 307-311
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11386, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 8:55:30 AM

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