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Tested: One American School Struggles to Make the Grade Paperback – July 22, 2008
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Perlstein clearly dislikes the law and strongly criticizes NCLB in every way. A teacher Perlstein admires ends up leaving the school at the end of the year after becoming overly stressed by the school's focus on test success at the expense of learing. We frequently see some of the artificial techniques that are used to help boost scores such as breathing exercises, incentive plans and even a mascot led assembly. She portrays students as losing the meaning and the life of education as they seek to become masters of BCRs, the mechancially graded Brief Constructed Response questions. And in the end, she questions whether the tests measure anything useful. In the later portions of the book, she alludes to how the test writing process is flawed and how students who struggled with basic writing ended up getting scores that surprised the adults. The third graders who teachers are convinced will fail based on their day to day experiences working with the kids often surprise their teachers with passing scores.
This book falls short of being a definitive text on No Child Left Behind.Read more ›
The crazy thing was, we were a 100% military-dependent school on a military post, and no one in the school would be staying in Maryland more than a year or two. Even the most involved parents couldn't have cared less how the school did on the MSAs-- but it seemed to be the only thing the principals and teachers cared about.
TESTED resounts the choices that the principal and teachers in one Maryland elementary school believe NCLB forces upon them. Perlstein tells the story of the entire 2005-2006 school year she spent at Tyler Heights Elementary, a school that serves very poor children and teeters on the brink of making or losing the Adequate Yearly Progress rating NCLB awards to a 'successful' school.
"Bombard, bombard, bombard those children with the kinds of questions they'll have on the test," the principal rationalizes. "You want the students at a level of automaticity with reading those test-like questions."
The reader spends days stretching into months with the third-grade teaching team. We watch them collaboratively plan each day to the minute, and we listen as the children yearn for more at school---to do some science, read for fun, perform a play. Will the school raise its scores enough? Suspense mounts until the last chapter. Then the reader must weigh the benefits and costs.
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Tested is a good book for understanding how testing is affecting students today. It's a little jumbled at parts, though. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lemony Snicket
I have noticed that when I rate education books that I've read I pretty well default to giving them 4 stars. Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by Oddsfish
Every since I was seven years old, I was a slave to standardized testing. I found it stressful, worrisome, and downright tawdry. Read morePublished on November 13, 2012 by Southern Gal 2014
I stayed up later than I should have several nights in a row reading this book. It resonates with my experience teaching fourth grade in Houston and the experiences of every Title... Read morePublished on April 27, 2011 by Roxanna Elden
If you want a book that has a great story and tells the success story and the struggles of implementing NCLB then this is the book for you. Read morePublished on December 30, 2010 by tc
I ordered this book for an education class but it was very interesting and I would read it again. Definitely one to keep on the shelf, especially for teachers!Published on December 27, 2010 by kam
This book came in great condition. It was exactly how the seller desribed it and it came just in time! Great product, unbeatable price and fast shipping!!Published on June 27, 2010 by Jay Johnson
I first bought this book because it was required for a college class I was taking. It brings up many issues and ideas that need to be considered by educators. Read morePublished on May 25, 2010 by Leah K. Miller
I love the hand-wringing the education community has been doing over No-Child-Left-Behind. My god, teachers must attend staff developments on how to "feel" about this law and its... Read morePublished on June 2, 2008 by David Schweizer