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Leaving Children Behind, How “Texas-style” Accountability Fails Latino Youth


reviewed by Maria Carreira — 2005

coverTitle: Leaving Children Behind, How “Texas-style” Accountability Fails Latino Youth
Author(s): Angela Valenzuela (Editor)
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791462404, Pages: 313, Year: 2004
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School accountability as currently practiced in Texas is failing Latino children and is diminishing the quality of education in countless schools in Texas and elsewhere: That is the powerful thesis of Leaving Children Behind: How “Texas-Style” Accountability Fails Latino Youth. The 10 essays that this work comprises constitute a well-coordinated frontal assault on “Texas-style accountability,” a performance-based model in which all decisions regarding a student’s promotion and/or graduation are based on the outcome of a single standardized test. The contributors to this collection argue that far from being an issue that affects only one state’s minority population, Texas-style accountability is at the center of an ongoing national debate about the future of the American system of education. What happens in Texas—or more precisely, how what happens in Texas is viewed in the court of public opinion—will chart the future course of public policy in critical areas of education pertaining to... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 11, 2005, p. 2433-2436
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11809, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 5:44:10 AM

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  • Maria Carreira
    California State University, Long Beach
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    MARIA M. CARREIRA is an associate professor of Spanish linguistics at California State University, Long Beach.
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