Failing Our Kids

Why the Testing Craze Won't Fix Our Schools

Edited by Kathy Swope and Barbara Miner

The long arm of standardized testing is reaching into every nook and cranny of education. Yet relying on standardized tests distorts student learning, exacerbates inequities for low-income students and students of color, and undermines true accountability.

Failing Our Kids includes more than 50 articles that provide a compelling critique of standardized tests and also outline alternative ways to assess how well our children are learning.

"Informative, thoughtful, and compassionate. Failing Our Kids is part fact sheet, part clear-eyed analysis, and part passionate cry for our children's future."
  —   William Ayers, distinguished professor of education atthe University of Chicago-Illinois and author of A Kind and Just Parent.

Paperback   148 pp.   ISBN 0-942961-26-9


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Origins of the Latest Testing Craze by Barbara Miner

The Rights of Parents by the Center of Law and Education

Alternatives to Standardized Tests by by Bob Peterson and Monty Neill

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