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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 ›
A particular strength of the classroom scenes were the captured bits of conversation that not only felt real but also showed how far these kids were from the thinking skills that might lead them to actual reading comprehension rather than parroting back test-taking skills. The details captured in these scenes also showed the imagination and curiosity that teachers are forced to pound out of kids in the name of "learning gains," and the compassion and creativity that is pounded out of educators in the name of "teacher effectiveness."
Those who make high-level decisions about education should read this book now.
Teachers should read this book also, but wait until after testing season unless you can handle the double dose of frustration.
"See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers"
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It was a nice read but at times a bit crammed with verbiage. I appreciated the insight to personalities and the depth of dedication of the students and teachers.Published 1 month ago by Whtyac
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
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
TESTED is an excellent book about the meaning of the test-and-punish philosophy embedded in our federal education law, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Read morePublished on March 21, 2008 by Janice W. Resseger
This book describes the everyday lives of school administrators, school teachers, and students in one economically-challenged elementary school in Maryland. Read morePublished on February 5, 2008 by David Olson