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Kill the Messenger

The War on Standardized Testing

By Richard P. Phelps, Herbert J. Walberg (Foreword by), J.E. Stone (Preface by)

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Format: Paperback, 352 pages, New edition Edition
Other Information: 1, black & white illustrations
Published In: United States, 30 May 2005
Kill the Messenger is perhaps the most thorough and authoritative work in defense of educational testing ever written. Phelps points out that much research conducted by education insiders on the topic is based on ideological preference or profound self-interest. It is not surprising that they arrive at emphatically anti-testing conclusions. Much, if not most, of this hostile research is passed on to the public by journalists as if it were neutral, objective, and independent. This volume explains and refutes many of the common criticisms of testing; describes testing opponentsa strategies, through case studies of Texas and the SAT; illustrates the profound media bias against testing; acknowledges testingas limitations, and suggests how it can be improved; and finally, outlines the consequences of losing the awar on standardized testing.

About the Author

Richard P. Phelps has devoted most of his working life to the world of education. His work on testing has been published in Evaluation Review, the Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, and Educational and Psychological Measurement. Herbert J. Walberg, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Koret Task Force on K-12 Education, is a University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago and chairman of the board of directors of the Heartland Institute in Chicago. J. E. Stone is the founder and moderator of the Education Consumers Clearing House, and a professor of education at East Tennessee State University.


"An embattled book. Incensed by the partisan tactics of anti-testing groups, Phelps deliberately goes to great lengths to expound and analyze the differing points of view, helped by scrupulous and scholarly documentation and a robustly empirical approach." - Martin Turner, Intelligence "With standardized testing prominently featured in the No Child Left Behind Act, Kill the Messenger should be required reading. Our children deserve it!" - Charlene K. Harr, author of The Politics of the PTA"

EAN: 9781412805124
ISBN: 1412805120
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9 centimetres (0.52 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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