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Controlling Schools Using High-Stakes Tests: Moral Imperatives Inspired by Rachel Carson


by Audrey Amrein-Beardsley — October 13, 2009

This commentary details the remarkable relationship between what Rachel Carson evidenced in her revolutionary book Silent Spring and how public officials in our field continue to use control measures, namely high-stakes tests, to monitor and regulate what is happening in America’s public schools.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 13, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15804, Date Accessed: 12/10/2017 9:09:17 PM

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  • Audrey Amrein-Beardsley
    Arizona State University
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    AUDREY AMREIN-BEARDSLEY is currently an assistant professor in the College of Teacher Education and Leadership at Arizona State University. Her research interests include educational policy, high-stakes tests, and aspects of teacher quality and teacher education. She has been nationally recognized for her research in these areas. Two recent publications include: 1. Amrein-Beardsley, A. (2008, March). Methodological concerns about the Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS). Educational Researcher, 37(2), 65-75. 2. Amrein-Beardsley, A. (2009, June). The unintended, pernicious consequences of staying the course. International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership, 4(6). Retrieved October 4, 2009 from http://journals.sfu.ca/ijepl/index.php/ijepl/article/view/199/69
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