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America's Report Card: A Novel

reviewed by David Lee Carlson - March 01, 2007

coverTitle: America's Report Card: A Novel
Author(s): John McNally
Publisher: Free Press, New York
ISBN: 0743256263 , Pages: 288, Year: 2006
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Every spring, my twelve-year old niece frets about taking the Florida State standardized exam, better known as the FCAT. In fact, now that she’s preparing to enter high school next year, the conversation at the dinner table centers around how she needs to buckle down in order to pass the high school FCAT, which she needs to do in order to receive a high school diploma in Florida. From the state’s position (ostensibly), it is important to know that public school students exit secondary school with a certain body of knowledge and a certain arsenal of skills, such as the ability to read fiction and non-fiction texts, compose an essay, and solve mathematical problems. From my niece’s perspective, exams cause undue anxiety. Since she’s been taking these tests, rarely have they accurately described her abilities. In fact, one year, the FCAT reported that she possessed stronger reading skills than mathematical... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 01, 2007
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 13664, Date Accessed: 9/28/2021 9:33:58 PM

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  • David Carlson
    Hunter College, City University of New York
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    DAVID LEE CARLSON is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the departments of English and Curriculum and Teaching at Hunter College, CUNY. He taught English in secondary urban schools for seven years, and is working on a book-length project on social-emotional learning.
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