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Unequal By Design: High-Stakes Testing and the Standardization of Inequality (Critical Social Thought)

 
 
 
 
Unequal By Design: High-Stakes Testing and the Standardization of Inequality (Critical Social Thought)
Author: Wayne Au
ISBN 13: 9780415990714
ISBN 10: 415990718
Edition: 1
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2008-08-29
Format: Paperback
Pages: 216
List Price: $47.95
 
 

Unequal By Design critically examines high-stakes standardized testing in order to illuminate what is really at stake for students, teachers, and communities negatively affected by such testing. This thoughtful analysis traces standardized testing’s origins in the Eugenics and Social Efficiency movements of the late 19th and early 20th century through its current use as the central tool for national educational reform via No Child Left Behind. By exploring historical, social, economic, and educational aspects of testing, author Wayne Au demonstrates that these tests are not only premised on the creation of inequality, but that their structures are inextricably intertwined with social inequalities that exist outside of schools.