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Testing wars in the public schools : a forgotten history

Author: William J Reese
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2013.
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"Written tests to evaluate students were a radical and controversial innovation when American educators began adopting them in the 1800s. Testing quickly became a key factor in the political battles during this period that gave birth to America's modern public school system. William J. Reese offers a richly detailed history of an educational revolution that has so far been only partially told. Single-classroom  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William J Reese
ISBN: 9780674073043 0674073045
OCLC Number: 811238972
Description: 298 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Festivals of learning --
A-putting down sin --
Screwing machines --
A pile of thunder-bolts --
Thanatopsis and square roots --
Chewing pencil tops --
The culture of testing.
Responsibility: William J. Reese.

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