They Always Test Us on Things We Havenít Read : Teen Laments and Lessons Learned


reviewed by Lawrence Baines ó 2006

coverTitle: They Always Test Us on Things We Havenít Read : Teen Laments and Lessons Learned
Author(s): Kathleen W. Gershman
Publisher: Hamilton Books, Lanham
ISBN: 0761829318, Pages: 165, Year: 2004
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The University of Indiana has launched a massive campaign called The High School Survey of Student Engagement (HSSSE) to describe and document student engagement in secondary schools.  Through self-reported responses to questions such as, “How many hours per week do you spend doing volunteer work?” and “How many papers have you written between 3 and 5 pages in length?” researchers at HSSSE hope to diagnose what’s wrong with American high schools (McCarthy, Watson, So, Harris, and Winstead, 2005).   The latest federal Department of Education budget targets $1.5 billion specifically for high school, including additional funds for more testing.  In February 2005, the National Governor’s Association met with policymakers from six philanthropic foundations—the Gates Foundation among them—to announce that they were donating millions of dollars for the “reform of high schools.”   Clearly, the focus of educational reform has shifted from young children to adolescents.  So, what’s wrong with America’s high schools? Bill... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 87-91
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11900, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 11:08:14 PM

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