America's "Failing" Schools: How Parents Can Cope With No Child Left Behind


reviewed by John Criswell 2004

coverTitle: America's "Failing" Schools: How Parents Can Cope With No Child Left Behind
Author(s): W. James Popham
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415949475, Pages: 157, Year: 2004
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The author intended for this text to be an informational resource for parents, educators, policy makers and others who are interested in the quality of our schools. Without question, this book successfully addresses the informational needs of those stakeholders---an accomplishment that should not go unappreciated. Writing style, chapter length, and clear examples contribute to the book’s readability across different audiences. Perhaps its most salient feature is the presentation of information in form and amount that permits readers to understand the central issues without being overwhelmed by psychometric terms and administrative language. The Introduction presents four important goals of the author: Alert the reader to key issues associated with the evaluation of school quality. Describe key elements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) so that the reader can understand why, if poorly implemented, the law can reduce educational quality. Help the reader understand what sorts of achievement tests should or should not be used to satisfy the law. Show how a particular school ought to be evaluated. The content... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 12, 2004, p. 2327-2330
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11371, Date Accessed: 12/12/2017 1:14:29 AM

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