The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed with Standardized Testing-But You Don't Have to Be

By Anya Kamenetz
Standardized assessments test our children, our teachers, our schoolsand increasingly, our patience.
Your child is more than a score. But in the last twenty years, schools have dramatically increased standardized testing, sacrificing hours of classroom time. What is the cost to students, teachers, and families? How do we preserve space for self-directed learning and developmentespecially when we still want all children to hit the mark?
"The Test" explores all sides of this problemwhere these tests came from, their limitations and flaws, and ultimately what parents, teachers, and concerned citizens can do. It recounts the shocking history and tempestuous politics of testing and borrows strategies from fields as diverse as games, neuroscience, and ancient philosophy to help children cope. It presents the stories of families, teachers, and schools maneuvering within and beyond the existing educational system, playing and winning the testing game. And it offers a glimpse into a future of better tests. With an expert s depth, a writer s flair, and a hacker s creativity, Anya Kamenetz has written an essential book for any parent who has wondered: what do I do about all these tests?"


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The [anti-testing] movement now has a guidebook. It s publication could hardly have been better timed. to characterize it as simply a polemic would be to overlook the sophistication of Kamenetz s thinking. The book s most urgent contribution is its exploration of how we might hold our schools, teachers and students accountable if we were to scrap high stakes standardized testing entirely. As in her previous book, DIY U, Kamenetz is open to seemingly radical, technology-driven solutions. "New York Times Book Review" Thorough research and illuminating interviews... With abundant data assembled in an accessible format, the book is a must-read for anyone in the educational system or any parent who has a child old enough to enter preschool An informative and enlightening appraisal of the regimented tests that American schoolchildren of all ages are subjected to taking on a regular basis. "Kirkus Review" High stakes testing in our public schools puts enormous pressure on everyone in the system. Using real and often quite moving stories, Anya Kamenetz shows teachers, parents, administrators, and students how to survive, even thrive, in an education system that many understandably believe needs a course correction. Daniel H. Pink, author of "Drive" and "To Sell is Human" Anya Kamenetz's "The Test" is a fearless expose of how testing permeates our schools, our homes, even kids' psyches. People will be talking about this important, provocative book for years to come. Ashley Merryman, co-author of "NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children" and "Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing" A must-read. The Test is a vital contribution to the growing debate about how to evaluate our students, schools, and teachers. And Kamenetz offers invaluable guidance to the people so often caught in the middle: parents. Tony Wagner, author of "The Global Achievement Gap" and "Creating Innovators" "The Test" is a brilliant, passionate, insightful, and useful look at America s destructive obsession with high stakes testing. Anya Kamanetz yet again shows why she is one of America s truly original thinkers on how we should be educating the next generation and how we are failing. If I still believed in grades after reading this book, I d give The Test an A+. Cathy N. Davidson, author of "Now You See It" and Distinguished Professor and Director, The Futures Initiative "[Kamenetz] digs deep into the business practices that govern current testing systems and policy...[she] offers several strategies to keep students balanced and calm while preparing for such exams. "Publishers Weekly" "
"High stakes testing in our public schools puts enormous pressure on everyone in the system. Using real-- and often quite moving-- stories, Anya Kamenetz shows teachers, parents, administrators, and students how to survive, even thrive, in an education system that many understandably believe needs a course correction."-- Daniel H. Pink, author of "Drive" and "To Sell is Human" "Anya Kamenetz's "The Test" is a fearless expose of how testing permeates our schools, our homes, even kids' psyches. People will be talking about this important, provocative book for years to come."-- Ashley Merryman, co-author of "NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children" and "Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing" "A must-read. The Test is a vital contribution to the growing debate about how to evaluate our students, schools, and teachers. And Kamenetz offers invaluable guidance to the people so often caught in the middle: parents."-- Tony Wagner, author of "The Global Achievement Gap" and "Creating Innovators" ""The Test" is a brilliant, passionate, insightful, and useful look at America's destructive obsession with high stakes testing. Anya Kamanetz yet again shows why she is one of America's truly original thinkers on how we should be educating the next generation-- and how we are failing. If I still believed in grades after reading this book, I'd give The Test an A+."-- Cathy N. Davidson, author of "Now You See It" and Distinguished Professor and Director, The Futures Initiative



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