Tested One American School Struggles to Make the Grade

ISBN-10: 0805088024

ISBN-13: 9780805088021

Edition: N/A

Authors: Linda Perlstein

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A “vivid, unpredictable, fair, balanced and . . . very entertaining” look at how education reforms have changed one typical American elementary school over the course of a year (Jay Mathews,The Washington Post) The pressure is on at schools across America. In recent years, reforms such as No Child Left Behind have created a new vision of education that emphasizes provable results, uniformity, and greater attention for floundering students. Schools are expected to behave more like businesses and are judged almost solely on the bottom line: test scores. To see if this world is producing better students, Linda Perlstein immersed herself in a suburban Maryland elementary school, once deemed a failure, that is now held up as an example of reform done right. Perlstein explores the rewards and costs of that transformation, and the resulting portrait—detailed, human, and truly thought-provoking—provides the first detailed view of how new education policies are modified by human realities.nbsp;
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Book details

List price: $22.99
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 7/22/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

A Note to the Reader
Prologue: Ain't No Stopping Us Now
You Ready?
America's Schools Will Be on a New Path of Reform
Am I Going to Be a Bad Teacher?
A Bank Teller Could Pick Up the Lesson
Was It a Big Scratch or a Little Scratch?
Chapter Books Are Not Bad, People
This Is Just Like the Real Test
Market Discipline Is the Key
You Gotta Be Tough
What Gets Taught Is What Gets Tested
I Didn't Even Know That Was an Option
Where's the Sand Table?
I'm Giving Him Everything He Can Get
I See Motivation All Over This
Some People Are Selling Snake Oil
We Must Leave Them No Choice
I Used to Be a Nice Person
The Whole Scenario Can Change
Never Give Up Trying
We Celebrate the Bottom
It Feels Like a Different School
Teaching Might Be Fun Next Year?
Don't They Look Good?
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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