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The Resource Testing wars in the public schools : a forgotten history, William J. Reese

Testing wars in the public schools : a forgotten history, William J. Reese

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Testing wars in the public schools : a forgotten history
Title
Testing wars in the public schools
Title remainder
a forgotten history
Statement of responsibility
William J. Reese
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 schools were the norm throughout the United States at the turn of the nineteenth century. Pupils demonstrated their knowledge by rote recitation of lessons and were often assessed according to criteria of behavior and discipline having little to do with academics. Convinced of the inadequacy of this system, the reformer Horace Mann and allies on the Boston School Committee crafted America's fist written exam and administered it as a surprise in local schools in 1845. The embarrassingly poor results became front-page news and led to the first serious consideration of tests as a useful pedagogic tool and objective measure of student achievement. A generation after Mann's experiment, testing had become widespread. Despite critics' ongoing claims that exams narrowed the curriculum, ruined children's health, and turned teachers into automatons, once test took root in America schools their legitimacy was never seriously challenged. Testing Wars in the Public Schools puts contemporary battles over scholastic standards and benchmarks into perspective by showcasing the historic successes and limitations of the pencil-and paper exam
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DLC
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1951-
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Reese, William J.
Index
index present
LC call number
LB3051
LC item number
.R3553 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Educational tests and measurements
  • Public schools
  • Public School
  • Schulleistungsmessung
  • USA
  • Educational tests and measurements
  • Public schools
  • United States
Label
Testing wars in the public schools : a forgotten history, William J. Reese
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 235-290) and index
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
Control code
811238972
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
298 p.
Isbn
9780674073043
Lccn
2012033665
System control number
(OCoLC)811238972
Label
Testing wars in the public schools : a forgotten history, William J. Reese
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 235-290) and index
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
Control code
811238972
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
298 p.
Isbn
9780674073043
Lccn
2012033665
System control number
(OCoLC)811238972

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