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Former Washington Post Reporter Looks Into Testing Effects

Praise is already rolling in for Linda Perlstein's new book, Tested, which charts the (mostly-negative) impact of test-based accountability on a Maryland school that had increased its test scores dramatically in recent years. So far, the book has been blurbed by David Simon, author of The Corner and executive producer of HBO's “The Wire,” E.D. Hirsch Jr., author of The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy and The Knowledge Deficit, and Stanford prof Larry Cuban. TeacherKen also does a long post about it at DailyKos.You can order it here.

Well, surprised to find my dailykos diary linked here. Thought I might mention that Linda Perlstein will be participating in a panel at Yearlykos at 4 PM on Friday Aug 3. Chuck Porcari, director of AFT Public Affairs and John See, AFT Associate Director of Public Affairs will be there as well as Joel Packer, Director of Educational Policy and Practice at the NEA. It is entitled “Spinning Unions: Mainstream Media Has it Wrong About Teachers’ Unions.” The convention is sold out, but if you are already attending, this is one of three educational sessions the others being Education Uprising: Educating for Democracy at 1 PM on Friday August 3, and Rethinking Educational Accountability at 10:30 AM on Saturday. The Friday event includes Sherman Dorn, editor of EPAA and author of "Accountability Frankenstein" as well as retired educator and author Marion Brady and 20 year educator Peter Henry, with me aka Ken Bernstein moderating. Sherman and I will be joined for the Saturday event by Doug Christensen, Commissioner of Education for the State of Nebraska, which does all assessment for accountability in the schools, graded by the teachers. Education has high visibility at dailykos, and at last year's convention in Las Vegas my co-panelists were education advocate Jamie Vollmer and then Governor of Iowa Tom Vilsack.

thanks for the update, ken -- and don't be surprised. there's a little of everything put up here.

anyway, i'm hoping to read a little of linda's book this weekend and will look forward to your report from the conference.

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