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". . .a humorous yet sobering glimpse at the testing arena--a must-read for policymakers and pundits enchanted by high-stakes tests."
-- Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association
"This revealing account is full of dark humor and asks many disturbing questions that will rouse debate among educators and concerned general readers."
-- Karl Helicher, September/October 2009, Foreword
"Todd Farley has a new book: It was an intriguing read..."
-- Jay Mathews, The Washington Post
Funny. Well written. Tragic.
This is a must-read for anyone who promotes school reform, incentive pay, or privatization as well as any school administrator who includes test... Read more
My son is a good student and makes a's and b's....standardized tests have been problematic for him. The more I research the politics behind it and by reading this book, it's made... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Gina R Scott
Here's another book I consider essential for every educator and politician involved in education policy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brian A. Foster
I am glad my four kids are all out of school. I originally read this prior to the SAT introducing a third "writing" part. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Texas Bookie
I've scored open-ended ESL writing tests and graduation essay tests for several years. Mr. Farley describes a number of situations I've witnessed. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Terry Faust
As long as standardized testing is still a major scourge on the land, there will still be an audience for this book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. Hundley
Very informative and entertaining-- many of my students have read this as well and really enjoyed it. But the news Farley has will make your hair curl. Read morePublished 8 months ago by taews
Well this surely explains the scoring behind my 4th graders California State Writing tests a few years ago. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Joan T
I highly, HIGHLY, recommend this book, whether you have kids in school or not. I am halfway through it and it's utterly appalling what is happening. Read morePublished 13 months ago by L. Taylor