ERIC Number: ED489027
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
High Stakes: Poverty, Testing, and Failure in American Schools. Second Edition
Johnson, Dale D.; Johnson, Bonnie
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
High Stakes brings the voices of students and teachers to national debates over school accountability and educational reform. Recounting the experiences of two classrooms during one academic year, the book offers a critical exploration of excessive state-mandated monitoring, high-stakes testing pressures, and inequities in public school funding that impede the instructional work of teachers, especially those who serve children of poorer families. Redbud Elementary has no playground, no library, no hot water, and no art classes. Ninety-five percent of the children qualify for a free breakfast or lunch. Most of the children live with a single parent or relative; some live in homes without electricity, running water, or floors. The authors, who moved from comfortable college professor positions to teach in a poor school district, offer an eye-opening examination of the daily school lives of children who live in crushing poverty and teachers who work under extraordinary stress. Their tale is at times heartbreaking, heartwarming, or infuriating. They explain why many recent educational reforms are off track and argue for more meaningful reforms that can empower teachers and students and better meet the challenges of our communities and the national interest. This second edition updates the story of Redbud Elementary and takes a hard look at the national expansion of accountability from preschool through college. A new final chapter focuses on the national effects of the No Child Left Behind Act as well as states' experiences with mandates and the role of big business in the testing process. This edition concludes with coverage of the so-called silent professionals and opposition to high-stakes testing, and a consideration of the future prospects for American education. The books content is divided into the following thirteen chapters: (1) The Realities of an Underfunded School; (2) September: The Children We Teach; (3) October: Regulating Teaching; (4) November: Drugs, Poverty, and Test Scores; (5) December: "Clamp Down"; (6) January: Test Preparation-The Pace Quickens; (7) February: Pep Rallies for Tests; (8) March: Test-Day Traumas; (9) April: Freedom to Teach and Learn; (10) May: "I Don't Want to Spend My Time on Paperwork"; (11) How Can We Build a Better Future? Recommendations for Policy Change; (12) Today a Nation of Testing; and (13) Epilogue.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Policy, Educational Change, Academic Failure, Stress Variables, Testing, Poverty, High Stakes Tests, Accountability, Educational Improvement, School District Wealth
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706. Tel: 301-459-3366; Fax: 301-429-5748.
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001