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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 2 months ago by Gina R Scott
Here's another book I consider essential for every educator and politician involved in education policy. Read morePublished 3 months 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 4 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 6 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 7 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 10 months ago by taews
Well this surely explains the scoring behind my 4th graders California State Writing tests a few years ago. Read morePublished 12 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 15 months ago by L. Taylor