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Kill the messenger : the war on standardized testing

Author: Richard P Phelps
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Publishers, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Kill the Messenger is perhaps the most thorough and authoritative work in defense of educational testing ever written. Phelps points out that much research conducted by education insiders on the topic is based on ideological preference or profound self-interest. It is not surprising that they arrive at emphatically anti-testing conclusions. He notes that "external" and "high stakes" testing in particular attracts a  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard P Phelps
ISBN: 0765801787 9780765801784
OCLC Number: 51251695
Description: xix, 331 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Reveille : prelude to battle (introduction) --
1. The battlefield (testing systems and testing interests) --
2. Attack strategies and tactics --
3. Campaigns : the big, bad SAT --
4. Campaigns : Texas, the early years --
5. Campaigns : Texas, the presidential election year 2000 --
6. War correspondence (media coverage of testing) --
7. The fruits of victory (benefits of testing) --
8. The spoils of war (valid concerns about testing) --
9. The agony of defeat (the consequences of losing the war : the alternatives to standardized testing) --
Appendix : an anti-testing vocabulary.
Responsibility: Richard P. Phelps ; with a foreword by Herbert J. Walberg and a preface by J.E. Stone.

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