Book Review: More than a Score

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“Non-negotiable.”

From Texas legislators adding new standardized tests to David Coleman defending his Common Core State Standards, that’s how education “reformers” present their changes. After all, they know better than we do. The problem with American education, they argue, is that too many constituencies have been involved in decision-making, from parents to teachers to school administrators and even to students themselves. It’s time for the elite to step in–for our own good.

And they have. We see it in state takeovers of school districts in Michigan, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania (just to name three) and in the dictates of No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and the Common Core (just to name another trio).

Rigid in their beliefs and adamant that they know best, the “reformers” also have faith in measurements and “standards.” There are right answers and wrong, just as on bubble tests, and the “reformers” know…

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