Tested One American School Struggles to Make the Grade

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-07-22
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

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A "vivid, unpredictable, fair, balanced and . . . very entertaining" look at how education reforms have changed one typical American elementary school over the course of a year (Jay Mathews,The Washington Post)The pressure is on at schools across America. In recent years, reforms such as No Child Left Behind have created a new vision of education that emphasizes provable results, uniformity, and greater attention for floundering students. Schools are expected to behave more like businesses and are judged almost solely on the bottom line: test scores.To see if this world is producing better students, Linda Perlstein immersed herself in a suburban Maryland elementary school, once deemed a failure, that is now held up as an example of reform done right. Perlstein explores the rewards and costs of that transformation, and the resulting portraitdetailed, human, and truly thought-provokingprovides the first detailed view of how new education policies are modified by human realities.

Author Biography

Linda Perlstein spent six years covering education for The Washington Post and is the author of the acclaimed Not Much Just Chillin?: The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers. She speaks nationwide to educators and parents. She grew up in Milwaukee and now lives with her husband in Baltimore, Maryland, and western Virginia.

Table of Contents

A Note to the Readerp. xi
Prologue: Ain't No Stopping Us Nowp. 1
You Ready?p. 13
America's Schools Will Be on a New Path of Reformp. 25
Am I Going to Be a Bad Teacher?p. 41
A Bank Teller Could Pick Up the Lessonp. 50
Was It a Big Scratch or a Little Scratch?p. 58
Chapter Books Are Not Bad, Peoplep. 72
This Is Just Like the Real Testp. 85
Market Discipline Is the Keyp. 97
You Gotta Be Toughp. 107
What Gets Taught Is What Gets Testedp. 119
I Didn't Even Know That Was an Optionp. 134
Where's the Sand Table?p. 144
I'm Giving Him Everything He Can Getp. 158
I See Motivation All Over Thisp. 172
Some People Are Selling Snake Oilp. 189
We Must Leave Them No Choicep. 200
I Used to Be a Nice Personp. 208
The Whole Scenario Can Changep. 215
Never Give Up Tryingp. 226
We Celebrate the Bottomp. 234
It Feels Like a Different Schoolp. 245
Teaching Might Be Fun Next Year?p. 256
Don't They Look Good?p. 265
Notesp. 275
Acknowledgmentsp. 291
Indexp. 293
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