Deep Curriculum Alignment: Creating a Level Playing Field for All Children on High-stakes Tests of Educational Accountability

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Scarecrow Press, 2001 - Education - 157 pages
Why do testing and accountability efforts in today's schools fail? In Deep Curriculum Alignment, English and Steffy explore the flaws in state mandated testing, advocating a more comprehensive approach to teaching and testing. This highly practical book will guide you into a deeply aligned curriculum that produces academic results and a level playing field. Each chapter covers principles of testing and curriculum building, and concludes with a summary of the key concepts presented. The authors survey various studies, present the ethical dilemmas involved in testing, and present a step-by-step guide to pedagogical parallelism and alignment.
 

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Contents

Facing the Scourge of the Test Score Zeitgeist
1
Understanding the Dynamics of the Playing Field
25
Initiating Actions to Level the Competitive Playing Field
55
Engaging in Deep Curriculum Alignment
87
Creating a Viable Alternative to Testing as Mass Inspection
115
Author Index
145
Subject Index
149
About the Authors
157
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Fenwick W. English is the R. Wendell Eaves Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership and program coordinator of the Educational Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Betty E. Steffy is a Professor in the Graduate Faculty at the Iowa State University Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. They are the authors of several books, including Curriculum and Assessment for World-Class Schools (Scarecrow Education 1997).

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