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Finally we have a book that demystifies and challenges the madness of the almighty testing craze! At a time when the most vulnerable students are further victimized and made to feel even more marginal, Wayne Au and Melissa Bollow Tempel have compiled a document that should be read by anyone who thinks there is something fundamentally wrong with the current emphasis on testing over quality education. --David Stovall, associate professor, Educational Policy Studies and African-American Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

Here, in one place, is a collection that looks at standardized testing and its alternatives in exactly the ways useful to teachers, parents, and teachers of teachers! What an enormous contribution to us all. It can change what you do at your school tomorrow. --Debbie Meier, author of The Power of Their Ideas and Save Our Schools steering committee member

Wayne Au and Melissa Bollow Tempel bring to us a complete exposure of the damages of high-stakes testing and sensible suggestions of alternatives with compelling stories, insightful analyses, and clear action plans. This book is a wake-up call, a must read for everyone concerned about our children s education. --Yong Zhao, presidential chair and associate dean, College of Education, University of Oregon, and author of Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization

No questions asked, Pencils Down is one of the most comprehensive, scholarly (and yet eminently readable) take-downs of the nation's testing craze ever produced. Combining a just-right mix of quantitative analysis, with the compelling personal narratives of educators trying to reach children in ways a test can never measure, this volume is a must read for teachers, administrators, parents and policy makers. --Tim Wise, author, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, and Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority

Wayne Au and Melissa Bollow Tempel bring to us a complete exposure of the damages of high-stakes testing and sensible suggestions of alternatives with compelling stories, insightful analyses, and clear action plans. This book is a wake-up call, a must read for everyone concerned about our children s education. --Yong Zhao, presidential chair and associate dean, College of Education, University of Oregon, and author of Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Rethinking Schools (April 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 094296151X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942961515
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,028,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert Green on February 3, 2013
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Everyone should read this book...it affects us all. When you begin to realize the $$ involved in high stakes testing and add to it the fact of the documented inconsistancies riddled throughout the educational field, you have to wonder what this is all about?? Can our economy afford this? Read it and find out the truth!!
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This book is written by many knowledgeable people with experience that I can trust. Reading it is helping me hang on a little longer in a profession that is undergoing a hostile take-over attempt.
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This was a great text. It proves that testing is not the best way to measure a persons intelligence and in fact testing is about memory and not intelligence at all. Higher order thinking assessments are better suited to determine intelligence. Good read.
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