The Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing?But You Don't Have to Be by Anya KamenetzThe Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing?But You Don't Have to Be by Anya Kamenetz

The Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing?But You Don't Have to Be

byAnya Kamenetz

Paperback | January 5, 2016

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No sooner is a child walking and talking than the ABCs and 1-2-3s give way to the full-on alphabet soup: the ERBs, the OLSAT, the IQ, the NCLB for AYP, the IEP for ELLs, the CHAT and PDDST for ASD or LD and G&T or ADD and ADHD, the PSATs, then the ACTs and SATs#151;all designed to assess and monitor a child's readiness for education. In many public schools, students are spending up to 28% of instructional time on testing and test prep.

Starting this year, the introduction of the Common Core State Standards Initiative in 45 states will bring an unprecedented level of new, more difficult, and longer mandatory tests to nearly every classroom in the nation up to five times a year#151;forcing our national testing obsession to a crisis point. Taxpayers are spending extravagant money on these tests#151;up to 1.4 billion per year#151;and excessive tests are stunting children's spirits, adding stress to family life, and slowly killing our country's future competitiveness. Yet even so, we still want our kids to score off the charts on every test they take, in elementary school and beyond. And there will be a lot of them.

How do we preserve space for self-directed learning and development, while also asking our children to make the score and make a mark? This book is an exploration of that dilemma, and a strategy for how to solve it.

The Testexplores all sides of this problem#151;where these tests came from, why they're here to stay, and ultimately what you as a parent or teacher can do. It introduces a set of strategies borrowed from fields as diverse as games, neuroscience, social psychology, and ancient philosophy to help children do as well as they can on tests, and, just as important, how to use the experience of test-taking to do better in life. Like Paul Tough's bestsellerHow Children Succeed, it illuminates the emerging science of grit, curiosity and motivation, but takes a step further to explore innovations in education#151;emerging solutions to the over-testing crisis#151;that are not widely known but that you can adapt today, at home and at school. And it presents the stories of families of all kinds who are maneuvering within and beyond the existing educational system, playing and winning the testing game. You'll learn, for example, what Bill Gates, a strong public proponent of testing, does to stoke self-directed curiosity in his children, and how Mackenzie Bezos, wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and mother of three, creates individualized learning experiences for each of her children.

All parents want their children to be successful, and their schools to deliver true opportunities. Yet these goals are often as likely to result in stress and arguments as actual progress.The Testis a book to help us think about these problems, and ultimately, move our own children towards the future we want for them, from elementary to high school and beyond.
Anya Kamenetzis an author, a journalist, and a nationally sought-after speaker and commentator on the future of education. She is a contributing writer forFast Company, has a nationally syndicated column with Tribune Media, and her work has appeared in theNew York Times,Washington Post, CNN.com,Slate,Newsweek,"O": The Oprah Magazine, a...
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Title:The Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing?But You Don't Have to BeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:January 5, 2016Publisher:PublicaffairsLanguage:English

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“The [anti-testing] movement now has a guidebook. It's publication could hardly have been better timed. to characterize it as simply a polemic would be to overlook the sophistication of Kamenetz's thinking. The book's most urgent contribution is its exploration of how we might hold our schools, teachers and students accountable if we were to scrap high stakes standardized testing entirely. As in her previous book, DIY U, Kamenetz is open to seemingly radical, technology-driven solutions.” —New York Times Book Review“Thorough research and illuminating interviews... With abundant data assembled in an accessible format, the book is a must-read for anyone in the educational system or any parent who has a child old enough to enter preschool An informative and enlightening appraisal of the regimented tests that American schoolchildren of all ages are subjected to taking on a regular basis.”—Kirkus Review“High stakes testing in our public schools puts enormous pressure on everyone in the system. Using real— and often quite moving— stories, Anya Kamenetz shows teachers, parents, administrators, and students how to survive, even thrive, in an education system that many understandably believe needs a course correction.”— Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and To Sell is Human