Unequal By Design: High-Stakes Testing and the Standardization of Inequality by Wayne AuUnequal By Design: High-Stakes Testing and the Standardization of Inequality by Wayne Au

Unequal By Design: High-Stakes Testing and the Standardization of Inequality

byWayne Au

Paperback | August 27, 2008

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Unequal By Designcritically examines high-stakes standardized testing in order to illuminate what is really at stake for students, teachers, and communities negatively affected by such testing. This thoughtful analysis traces standardized testing¿s origins in the Eugenics and Social Efficiency movements of the late 19thand early 20thcentury through its current use as the central tool for national educational reform via No Child Left Behind. By exploring historical, social, economic, and educational aspects of testing, author Wayne Au demonstrates that these tests are not only premised on the creation of inequality, but that their structures are inextricably intertwined with social inequalities that exist outside of schools.

Wayne Au is Assistant Professor in the Department of Secondary Education, California State University-Fullerton and he is an editor for the progressive education journal, Rethinking Schools.
Title:Unequal By Design: High-Stakes Testing and the Standardization of InequalityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:August 27, 2008Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415990718

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Table of Contents

Series IntroductionMichael W. Apple

1.The Zip Code Effect: Educational Inequality in the United States

2.We Are All Widgets: Standardized Testing and The Hegemonic Logics of the Educational Assembly Line

3.The Educational Enterprise: NCLB, Neoliberalism, and the Politics of Equality

4.Steerage at a Distance: High-Stakes Testing and Classroom Control

5.Devising Inequality: High-Stakes Testing and the Regulation of Consciousness

6.Standardizing Inequality: The Hidden Curriculum of High-Stakes Testing

AfterwordZeus Leonardo

Editorial Reviews

"If equity and transformation of current schooling conditions are to be attained, Unequal by design: high-stakes testing and the standardization of inequality is a beacon to help realize ¿the potential to be equal by design should we so choose¿ (p. 145)."--Michael Vavrus, Journal of Education Policy, 25:1, 113-114