Collateral Damage How High-Stakes Testing Corrupts America's Schools

Sharon L. Nichols and David C. Berliner, foreword by Nel Noddings
paper, 252 Pages
Pub. Date: Mar 2007
ISBN-13: 978-1-891792-35-9
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library, 252 Pages
Pub. Date: Mar 2007
ISBN-13: 978-1891792-36-6
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Drawing on their extensive research, Nichols and Berliner document and categorize the ways that high-stakes testing threatens the purposes and ideals of the American education system.


The cumulative impact of the accounts Nichols and Berliner lay out before us is staggering. They punch it home: The moral impact of NCLB may be as dangerous as its educational effects. — Deborah Meier, Senior Scholar, New York University

Collateral Damage delivers a healthy dose of hard truth. It should be required reading for policymakers and concerned citizens. — Jeannie Oakes, Presidential Professor and Director, UCLA Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access

Nichols and Berliner provide a hard-hitting and thoughtful critique of today’s overreliance on high-stakes testing. This is a must-read for anyone concerned about the unintended consequences of education reform. — Paul D. Houston, Executive Director, American Association of School Administrators

Nichols and Berliner provide a carefully reasoned analysis laced with frightening accounts drawn from public schools. This readable volume eviscerates the premise that our schools can be evaluated with a single indicator. If you care about public schooling, this book is essential. — W. James Popham, Professor Emeritus, UCLA

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