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High Stakes Education: Inequality, Globalization, and School Reform


reviewed by Donna Marie Harris 2006

coverTitle: High Stakes Education: Inequality, Globalization, and School Reform
Author(s): Pauline Lipman
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415935083 , Pages: 227, Year: 2004
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What impact will accountability via high stakes testing have on urban schools?   In her timely new book, High Stakes Education: Inequality, Globalization, and School Reform, Pauline Lipman attempts to address this most pressing question.  She begins by analyzing the impact of the 1995 Chicago School Reform Act through which Mayor Richard M. Daley gained control of the city’s schools and appointed Paul Vallas as the school district’s Chief Executive Officer.  The Vallas administration mandated standardized testing, implemented curriculum standards, and ended social promotion in grades 3, 6, and 8 in order to raise achievement.  This strategy of educational improvement begun during the mid-1990s, replaced prior approaches in the late 1980s when parents and community residents were active in school reform through participation on local school councils.  Lipman contemplates whether this top down corporate strategy of school reform through standardization and regulation improves educational opportunities, especially for African American, Latino/a, and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 5, 2006, p. 844-847
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12135, Date Accessed: 3/25/2017 5:46:55 PM

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  • Donna Harris
    Wellesley College
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    DONNA MARIE HARRIS is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Wellesley College. Her research and teaching interests include race and education, the social organization of teaching and learning, and school reform. Dr. Harris has previously worked at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE).
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