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Table of Contents for Collateral Damage


Foreword by Nel Noddings


Chapter 1 A Short History of High-Stakes Testing Arguments For and Against Its Use, Its Place in Contemporary Society, and a Brief Introduction to Campbell's Law

Chapter 2 The Prevalence and Many Forms of Cheating and the Problem of Absolute and Relativistic Standards for Judging Such Occurrences

Chapter 3 Excluding Students from Education by Design and by Neglect, the Crisis of Caring in Our Schools, and the Special Case of the “Bubble Kids”

Chapter 4 States Cheat Too! How Statistical Trickery and Misrepresentation of Data Mislead the Public

Chapter 5 What Happens to Validity When Indicators Are Distorted and Corrupted, the Many Ways That High-Stakes Testing Promotes Such Distortion and Corruption, and How Those Practices Lead to Confusion About What Test Scores Mean

Chapter 6 How High-Stakes Testing Undermines Public Education and the Teaching Profession While Also Destroying Both Teacher and Student Morale

Chapter 7 We Conclude That High-Stakes Testing Provides Perfect Conditions for Campbell's Law to Operate, Ignores Standards for Professional Conduct and Appropriate Test Use, and Is Unnecessary Because Alternative Systems of Accountability Exist

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