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Educational Equity and Accountability: Paradigms, Policies, and Politics

reviewed by Nicki King - 2004

coverTitle: Educational Equity and Accountability: Paradigms, Policies, and Politics
Author(s): Linda Skrla and James J. Scheurich
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415945062, Pages: 291, Year: 2004
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This book continues the debate over the value of high-stakes testing that has become such a large part of the debate over equity and accountability in recent years. It is very significant that the major source of data and discussion in the book are derived from Texas , the apparent source of much of the experience that supports the Bush administration’s improvement and accountability policies reflected in “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB). NCLB policies require that school districts show continuous improvement in meeting the state standards for achievement for each grade level, as well as in closing the achievement gap between low income and minority students, and White and higher-income students (U.S. Dept. of Education, 2002). Although schools and districts have used testing for many years, the recent application of rewards for improvement in performance (and sanctions for students and schools not improving) has resulted in the “high-stakes” connotation to testing. The book contains a variety of articles, many of which have previously been published elsewhere,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 12, 2004, p. 2335-2338
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11346, Date Accessed: 8/3/2021 6:50:16 PM

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  • Nicki King
    University of California-Davis
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    NICKI KING is a Youth and Family Development Specialist in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis. Her areas of research include equity issues in education and post high school planning and preparation for low income students and students of color. Her current work examines the impact of the Californiia High School Exit Examination on African American and Latino students, and she recently completed an evaluation of the efficacy of a tutoring program designed to help students pass the exam. That report, "Woodland High School's CSLC Peer Tutoring Program", is available from the author.
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