Testing Wars in the Public Schools: A Forgotten History

4 avg rating
( 13 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780674073043: Testing Wars in the Public Schools: A Forgotten History
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Written tests to evaluate students were a radical and controversial innovation when American educators began adopting them in the 1800s. Testing quickly became a key factor in the political battles during this period that gave birth to America's modern public school system. William J. Reese offers a richly detailed history of an educational revolution that has so far been only partially told.

Single-classroom schools were the norm throughout the United States at the turn of the nineteenth century. Pupils demonstrated their knowledge by rote recitation of lessons and were often assessed according to criteria of behavior and discipline having little to do with academics. Convinced of the inadequacy of this system, the reformer Horace Mann and allies on the Boston School Committee crafted America's first major written exam and administered it as a surprise in local schools in 1845. The embarrassingly poor results became front-page news and led to the first serious consideration of tests as a useful pedagogic tool and objective measure of student achievement.

A generation after Mann's experiment, testing had become widespread. Despite critics' ongoing claims that exams narrowed the curriculum, ruined children's health, and turned teachers into automatons, once tests took root in American schools their legitimacy was never seriously challenged. Testing Wars in the Public Schools puts contemporary battles over scholastic standards and benchmarks into perspective by showcasing the historic successes and limitations of the pencil-and-paper exam.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

William J. Reese is Carl F. Kaestle WARF Professor of Educational Policy Studies and History at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Review:

William Reese takes the reader back to the first standardized test in public school in the city of Boston in 1845...This book is a major addition to the role of schools in American society. People familiar with the arguments for and against testing will find similar arguments being talked about in 1845.
(Kevin Winter San Francisco Book Review 2013-07-18)

As Testing Wars in the Public Schools shows, written student examinations have always been entwined with public schools in the United States, and have been required, praised, and resented for generations. In this lively book, William Reese reveals the debates over rote memorization, threats to health, and even the use and misuse of statistics that were common in the 19th century as well as in the 21st. This highly original and thoughtful book is well worth reading. (Maris Vinovskis, University of Michigan)

Written tests are the bête-noire of contemporary educational critics, who claim that the tests encourage a sterile and rote pedagogy. But in William Reese's tale, they were originally part of reformers' efforts to, yes, reform sterile and rote pedagogy! These stories--and a treasure-trove of other ones--come to life in this new look at the early years of American public schools. (Jonathan Zimmerman, New York University)

With Testing Wars in the Public Schools, Reese crafts a masterful examination of the roots of the testing culture in American education and the ramifications for administrators, teachers, and students. (S. T. Schroth Choice 2013-12-01)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Reese, William J.
Published by Harvard Univ. Press, Cambridge (2013)
ISBN 10: 0674073045 ISBN 13: 9780674073043
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Valley Books
(Amherst, MA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harvard Univ. Press, Cambridge, 2013. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 298pp. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾". Seller Inventory # 076762

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 28.13
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

William J. Reese
ISBN 10: 0674073045 ISBN 13: 9780674073043
New Quantity Available: 4
Seller:
GreatBookPrices
(Columbia, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 19005961-n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 37.55
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.64
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

William J. Reese
Published by HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS, United States (2013)
ISBN 10: 0674073045 ISBN 13: 9780674073043
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS, United States, 2013. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Written tests to evaluate students were a radical and controversial innovation when American educators began adopting them in the 1800s. Testing quickly became a key factor in the political battles during this period that gave birth to America s modern public school system. William J. Reese offers a richly detailed history of an educational revolution that has so far been only partially told. Single-classroom schools were the norm throughout the United States at the turn of the nineteenth century. Pupils demonstrated their knowledge by rote recitation of lessons and were often assessed according to criteria of behavior and discipline having little to do with academics. Convinced of the inadequacy of this system, the reformer Horace Mann and allies on the Boston School Committee crafted America s first written exam and administered it as a surprise in local schools in 1845. The embarrassingly poor results became front-page news and led to the first serious consideration of tests as a useful pedagogic tool and objective measure of student achievement. A generation after Mann s experiment, testing had become widespread. Despite critics ongoing claims that exams narrowed the curriculum, ruined children s health, and turned teachers into automatons, once tests took root in American schools their legitimacy was never seriously challenged. Testing Wars in the Public Schools puts contemporary battles over scholastic standards and benchmarks into perspective by showcasing the historic successes and limitations of the pencil-and-paper exam. Seller Inventory # AAU9780674073043

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 40.20
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

William J. Reese
Published by HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS, United States (2013)
ISBN 10: 0674073045 ISBN 13: 9780674073043
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS, United States, 2013. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Written tests to evaluate students were a radical and controversial innovation when American educators began adopting them in the 1800s. Testing quickly became a key factor in the political battles during this period that gave birth to America s modern public school system. William J. Reese offers a richly detailed history of an educational revolution that has so far been only partially told. Single-classroom schools were the norm throughout the United States at the turn of the nineteenth century. Pupils demonstrated their knowledge by rote recitation of lessons and were often assessed according to criteria of behavior and discipline having little to do with academics. Convinced of the inadequacy of this system, the reformer Horace Mann and allies on the Boston School Committee crafted America s first written exam and administered it as a surprise in local schools in 1845. The embarrassingly poor results became front-page news and led to the first serious consideration of tests as a useful pedagogic tool and objective measure of student achievement. A generation after Mann s experiment, testing had become widespread. Despite critics ongoing claims that exams narrowed the curriculum, ruined children s health, and turned teachers into automatons, once tests took root in American schools their legitimacy was never seriously challenged. Testing Wars in the Public Schools puts contemporary battles over scholastic standards and benchmarks into perspective by showcasing the historic successes and limitations of the pencil-and-paper exam. Seller Inventory # AAU9780674073043

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 41.53
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

William J. Reese
Published by Harvard University Press
ISBN 10: 0674073045 ISBN 13: 9780674073043
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harvard University Press. Hardback. Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Seller Inventory # B9780674073043

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 37.82
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.14
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

William J. Reese
Published by Harvard Univ Press
ISBN 10: 0674073045 ISBN 13: 9780674073043
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harvard Univ Press. Condition: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW Hardcover A Brand New Quality Book from a Full-Time Veteran Owned Bookshop in business since 1992!. Seller Inventory # 2668109

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 47.94
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

William J. Reese
ISBN 10: 0674073045 ISBN 13: 9780674073043
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hardback. Condition: New. Not Signed; Written tests to evaluate students were a radical and controversial innovation when American educators began adopting them in the 1800s. Testing quickly became a key factor in the political battles during this period that gave birth to America's modern public school system. William J. Reese offers a. book. Seller Inventory # ria9780674073043_rkm

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 43.29
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.10
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Reese, William J.
Published by Harvard University Press
ISBN 10: 0674073045 ISBN 13: 9780674073043
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
WFL
(Holtsville, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harvard University Press. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0674073045 Brand New ,Original Book , Direct from Source , Express 6-8 business days worldwide delivery. Seller Inventory # RB#BE36662

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 46.28
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.90
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

REESE
Published by Harvard University Press
ISBN 10: 0674073045 ISBN 13: 9780674073043
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harvard University Press. Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 0674073045

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 47.83
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.60
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

William J. Reese
Published by Harvard University Press (2013)
ISBN 10: 0674073045 ISBN 13: 9780674073043
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harvard University Press, 2013. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # EH9780674073043

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 49.18
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.46
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book