Kill the Messenger : The War on Standardized Testing

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Kill the Messenger : The War on Standardized Testing

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 331 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9781412805124
  • DDC分類 371

Full Description

In response to public demand, federal legislation now requires testing of most students in the United States in reading and mathematics in grades three through eight. Many educators, parents, and policymakers who have paid little attention to testing policy issues in the past need to have better information on the topic than has generally been available. Kill the Messenger, now in paperback, fills this gap.This is perhaps the most thorough and authoritative work in defense of educational testing ever written. Phelps points out that much research conducted by education insiders on the topic is based on ideological preference or profound self-interest. It is not surprising that they arrive at emphatically anti-testing conclusions. Much, if not most, of this hostile research is passed on to the public by journalists as if it were neutral, objective, and independent. Kill the Messenger explains and refutes many of the common criticisms of testing; describes testing opponents' strategies, through case studies of Texas and the SAT; illustrates the profound media bias against testing; acknowledges testing's limitations, and suggests how it can be improved; and finally, outlines the consequences of losing the "war on standardized testing."

Table of Contents

List of Tables                                     viii
List of Figures xi
Foreword xiii
Preface v
Acknowledgments xix
Reveille-Prelude to Battle (Introduction) 1 (8)
1. The Battlefield (Testing Systems and Testing 9 (26)
2. Attack Strategies and Tactics 35 (52)
3. Campaigns: The Big, Bad SAT 87 (18)
4. Campaigns: Texas, the Early Years 105 (16)
5. Campaigns: Texas, the Presidential Election 121 (26)
Year 2000
6. War Correspondence (Media Coverage of 147 (68)
7. The Fruits of Victory (Benefits of Testing) 215 (50)
8. The Spoils of War (Valid Concerns about 265 (12)
9. The Agony of Defeat (The Consequences of 277 (10)
Losing the War: The Alternatives to
Standardized Testing)
Appendix An Anti-Testing Vocabulary 287 (10)
Glossary 297 (4)
References 301 (20)
Index 321