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ERIC Number: EJ783523
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul-24
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-1537-7903
Large-Scale Assessment, Rationality, and Scientific Management: The Case of No Child Left Behind
Roach, Andrew T.; Frank, Jennifer
Journal of Applied School Psychology, v23 n2 p7-25 Jul 2007
This article examines the ways in which NCLB and the movement towards large-scale assessment systems are based on Weber's concept of formal rationality and tradition of scientific management. Building on these ideas, the authors use Ritzer's McDonaldization thesis to examine some of the core features of large-scale assessment and accountability systems. According to Ritzer, McDonaldized systems and routines are characterized by four central features: (a) a pursuit of efficiency; (b) emphasis on calculability or quantification of outcomes; (c) predictability and uniformity; and (d) control through nonhuman technologies. Strengths and shortcomings of each of these features for schools and educators are discussed. The article concludes with ideas and strategies for school psychologists interested in maximizing the benefits and minimizing the negative outcomes of large-scale assessment and accountability systems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001