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High Stakes Children, Testing and Failure and American Schools: A Year in the Life of One Rural School

ISBN-10: 0742517896

ISBN-13: 9780742517899

Edition: 2002

Authors: Dale D. Johnson, Bonnie Johnson

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High Stakes brings the voices of students and teachers to our national debates over school accountability and educational reform. Recounting the experiences of two classrooms during one academic year, the book offers a critical exploration of excessive state-mandated monitoring, high-stakes testing pressures, and inequities in public school funding that impede the instructional work of teachers, especially those who serve children of poorer families. Visit our website for sample chapters!
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Book details

List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/14/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
From Ivory Tower to White Lightning Road: Launching a Teaching Career
Background
School Accountability
College of Education Hijinks
People Who Care
The Town of Redbud
Getting Certified, Tested for Drugs, and Fingerprinted
A Reading Program Promo
Hayricks and Helicopters: The Realities of an Underfunded School
A Tour of Redbud
Rules Teachers Must Follow
Workshops and Meetings
September: The Children We Teach
The Daily Routine
Heat Wave
Drawings of Rats
Benchmarks and Codes
Teaching to the Test
Working Poor
The Number One Problem Today
How Teachers Spend Sundays
Getting Students' Attention
Wasting Instructional Time
Monitoring Teachers
The Superintendent's Bonus
Grades and Motivation
Accountability Profiteers
Learning from My Pupils
Suspension
October: Regulating Teaching
No Money for School Pictures
"I'm Afraid of the Ku Klux Klan"
"What Are Gymnastics?"
Looking for the Quick Fix
Parent Conferences and Professional Growth Plans
Learning from the Parents
Losing Teacher Self-Esteem
Relentless Interruptions
Letters to the New Orleans Saints
Ten More Days of Training
Planning for the LEAP Test
Teacher Multitasking
Drug Awareness
Children's Thoughts on School Funding
Another "New" Program
Inequities in Salaries
November: Drugs, Poverty, and Test Scores
"Dad Do All Kinds of Drug"
A Halloween without Costumes
Burgeoning Needs and Stagnant Funds
Students Ponder Politics and the Election
"When I Get Home She Drunk"
Hundreds of Objectives in 176 Days
The Uncertified Teacher
Taking Action against Testing
"Teachers Will Be Held Accountable"
No Time for Talk
Student Teachers
The Architect of School Accountability
December: "Clamp Down"
Out-of-Touch Officials
"Things in My Life Goes Bad"
Lesson Plan Deficiencies
Too Much Talking in the Lunchroom
The Generosity of Teachers
Teaching and Learning in a Cold Building
"God No I Do Not Wont to Ak Like This"
Homemade Cards and Small Gifts
January: Test Preparation--The Pace Quickens
Still No Heat
Jelani's Dad
Rhonda's Dad
"Three Computers in Every Classroom"
The Dreams of Children
Pupils' Advice to Future Teachers
"That's What Dr. King Wanted"
Practicing for High-stakes Tests
Lack of Prior Knowledge
"I Could Never Teach in This Dirty School"
The Teachers Are the Experts
Testing Tension Builds
Upset Parents
Art Is Not for Everyone
Murder on Their Minds
Why Not Teach in a Prison?
Pen Pals in Suburbia
Vouchers--A Hollow Promise
February: Pep Rallies for Tests
The Hidden Book
Test Every Child
Test Troubles in Texas
How Poor Schools Get Money
Professors Who Are Out of Touch
When Student Teachers Leave
"I Wish You Pray for Us on the Big LEAP Test"
The Corporate Bottom Line
March: Test-Day Traumas
Security Oaths for Teachers
A Threat to Redbud
The Need for Verbal Interaction
Test Week
What Is It?
More Test Security
Just Filling In the Bubbles
A $2,000 Raise
Guarding the Tests
The Test Inspectors
No Extra Pay
How Good Are Your Teachers?
The Testing Never Ends
The Missing Test
Painful Teeth and Soleless Shoes
Called to the Principal's Office
Donated Art Supplies Arrive
The Field Trip
Fail the Test, Repeat the Grade
April: Freedom to Teach and Learn
Closing "Unacceptable" Schools
The Financial Cost of Testing
Rich Kids, Poor Kids
Adding to the Teacher Shortage
Letters to Illinois
How Poverty Relates to Test Scores
Buy This Book
Teachers Are "Treated Like Peons"
Observations about Drinking
End-of-the-Year Paperwork
Judging the Teachers
Gun Talk
May: "I Don't Want to Spend My Time on Paperwork"
The Writing Contest
Leaving the Public Schools
Learning the LEAP Test Results
Comparing Test Performances
No Longer "Promoted for Seat Time"
The Teachers Feel Like Failures
When 40,000 Fail
Informing My Pupils
"Why Are All Those Kids Crying?"
Why Are Teachers Ignored?
Living in the Woods
More Forms
Who Gets the Credit?
The Final Week
Awards Day
The Children's Wishes
Sorry--No Test Results
More Tests on the Horizon
How Can We Build a Better Future? Recommendations for Policy Change
What Teachers Need
The Standards Movement
Voices of Opposition
The Silence of Some
Summary of Our Recommendations
References
Index
About the Authors