ERIC Number: ED458310
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Failing Our Kids: Why the Testing Craze Won't Fix Our Schools.
Swope, Kathy, Ed.; Miner, Barbara, Ed.
This book presents more than 50 articles from parents, community activists, teachers, students, and researchers that analyze standardized tests and outline alternative ways to assess how well students are learning. The seven sections look at: (1) "The Testing Craze: An Overview," including "Why Standardized Tests Are Bad" (Terry Meier) and "Origins of the Latest Testing Craze" (Barbara Miner); (2) "Parents and Students Talk Back," including "Testing Slights Multiculturalism" (Makani Themba-Nixon) and "The Rights of Parents" (Center for Law and Education); (3) "Views from the Classroom," including "Teaching about Testing" (Bill Bigelow) and "Testing and Students with Disabilities" (Center for Law and Education); (4) "Standards, Testing, and Race," including "The Forgotten History of Eugenics" (Alan Stoskopf) and "Standards and the Control of Knowledge" (Harold Berlak); (5) "Alternatives to Standardized Testing," including "What Is the Purpose of Assessment?" (Monty Neill) and "Alternatives to Grade Retention" (Linda Darling-Hammond); (6) "Policy and Background," including "Responding to Test-Driven Reform" (Barbara Miner) and "The Educational Costs of Standardization" (Linda McNeil); and (7) "Resources" (a glossary and resources on standards and assessment). (SM)
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Disabilities, Diversity (Student), Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Grade Repetition, High Stakes Tests, Parent Attitudes, Racial Bias, Standardized Tests, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation, Test Bias, Test Use
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Publication Type: Collected Works - General
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Sponsor: Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.
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