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Tested : one American school struggles to make the grade
Perlstein, Linda
Adult Nonfiction LD7501.A493 P47 2007

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Though the jury is still out regarding the controversial 2001 education act known as "No Child Left Behind," it?s safe to call it a mixed blessing for at-risk "Title 1" schools who rely on federal funding to pay teachers and support staff: under the new policy, federal funding can be taken away if schools fail to make "adequate yearly progress," as measured by country-wide standardized testing. Education reporter and author Perlstein (Not Much Just Chillin?) uses an engaging, up-close-and-personal style to examine one such school, suburban Maryland?s Tyler Heights Elementary-a failing institution destined for a big turnaround-to discover the positives and negatives of the "school accountability movement" in which "No Child" is rooted; in particular, Perlstein wants to know, "What were the [test] scores about?" Tales of third graders prepping for an exam prove genuinely, surprisingly dramatic; Perlstein crafts a gripping narrative out of the day-to-day business of education through solid reporting, taking into consideration the politics, goals, interests and architects of the program ("Lobbyists for testing and school improvement businesses had a far greater role in the law?s creation than... actual educators"). The faces of children, teachers and administrators emerge vividly, and Perlstein largely avoids taking sides in favor of an honest, enlightening look at the complex reality of this much-debated policy. (Aug.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

From Library Journal:

Having spent six years covering education for the Washington Post, Perlstein went to a single elementary school in suburban Maryland to test the No Child Left Behind Act and found it wanting. With a national tour. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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