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School reform

Author: Noah Berlatsky
Publisher: Detroit : Greenhaven Press, ©2011.
Series: Opposing viewpoints series (Unnumbered)
Edition/Format:   Book : English
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This volume explores the topics relating to school reform by presenting varied expert opinions that examine many of the different aspects that comprise these issues. The viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected and often hard-to-find sources and publications. Allows the reader to attain the higher-level critical thinking and reading skills that are essential in a culture of diverse and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Noah Berlatsky
ISBN: 9780737747812 0737747811 9780737747829 073774782X
OCLC Number: 610466483
Description: 249 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Ch. 1 What are the politics of school reform? : No Child Left Behind is a good law / Pete Wright --
No Child Left Behind is a bad law / Linda Darling-Hammond --
The Race to the Top program will transform education / Arne Duncan --
The Race to the Top program will probably fail / Wall Street Journal --
Illinois school funding must be more equitable to help poorer schools / Center for Tax and Budget Accountability --
Deep tax cuts and less spending would improve all Illinois schools / Bruno Behrend --
Teachers' unions block school reform / Center for Union Facts --
Teachers' unions do not block school reform / Diane Ravitch. Ch. 2 What role should standardized tests play in evaluating students? : Standardized tests are needed to measure student achievement / Patrick Mattimore --
Standardized tests must be redesigned / W. James Popham --
Standardized tests alone should not be used to evaluate students / Bill Ferriter --
Standardized tests are unfair and harmful / Monty Neill --
Standardized tests in English are unfair to ESL students / Kate Menken --
Standardized tests should be given in English to ESL students / Paul Greenberg. Ch. 3 What role should testing play in evaluating teachers and schools? : Student test scores should be part of teacher evaluation / Camille Esch --
Teachers should not be evaluated using student test scores / David B. Cohen, Alex Kajitani --
Teacher-training program evaluations should be based on student test scores / Ruben Navarrette --
Teacher-training program evaluation cannot be based on student test scores / Arthur Levine --
Failing schools should be closed / Andy Smarick --
Failing schools should not be closed / Maisie McAdoo --
Labeling schools as failing is unhelpful and unfair / Lois M. Meyer. Ch. 4 What role should school choice play in school reform? : Vouchers help students get a better education / Dan Lips --
Vouchers do little to improve individual student achievement / Jason Barnosky --
School vouchers help to reform public schools / Greg Forster --
School vouchers alone cannot reform public schools / Sol Stern --
Charter schools help students / Tony Roberts --
The success of charter schools is exaggerated / Brian Jones.
Series Title: Opposing viewpoints series (Unnumbered)
Responsibility: Noah Berlatsky, book editor.

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This volume explores the topics relating to school reform by presenting varied expert opinions that examine many of the different aspects that comprise these issues. The viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected and often hard-to-find sources and publications. Allows the reader to attain the higher-level critical thinking and reading skills that are essential in a culture of diverse and contradictory opinions.

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