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The Bookshelf: Dec. 11, 2014

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights More Than A Score.

More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing edited by Jesse Hagopian

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MORE THAN A SCORE: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing

edited by Jesse Hagopian

As educators have spoken out about the failings of the approach, the criticisms have coalesced into a unified discontentment. In this collection, editor and history teacher Hagopian pulls material from a wide range of sources; his contribution stems from his role at Garfield High School, the site of the boycott of the Measures of Academic Progress testing in 2013. Other teachers from schools across the nation, with varying backgrounds (those backgrounds often provide the impetus for their essays), also share anecdotal stories, hard data and compelling arguments against a system that rewards teachers for narrowing their efforts toward achieving the all-important test score and punishes them for the outside-the-box thinking that was once considered essential for being able to reach the greatest number of students.

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