The Myths of Standardized Tests

Why They Don’t Tell You What You Think They Do


“In friendly, accessible prose, the authors examine—and explode—each of the assumptions that underlies standardized testing. The more you learn about the tests themselves, as well as how the results are interpreted and used, the more skeptical you become. And The Myths of Standardized Tests is an excellent way to learn, regardless of whether you’re an educator who’s already knowledgeable . . . or a test-score-citing official who clearly needs to start from scratch. Just imagine if half the politicians, administrators, and journalists in this country, who confuse higher test scores with better schooling, were to read this book!” —Alfie Kohn, education advocate and author of The Case Against Standardized Testing and The Schools Our Children Deserve

“Reader-friendly, this book explains what parents, teachers, and concerned citizens need to know to work for the survival of public education for democracy.” —Susan Ohanian, longtime teacher and website master of resistance to corporate-politico destruction of public schools

“This book takes the thorny topic of standardized testing and covers everything in a sophisticated, nuanced, and lively way. The best on the subject I've yet to come across.” —Deborah Meier, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

“Question: How can a book about educational testing be a ‘page-turner?’ Answer: When it’s written by a trio of smart, test-savvy authors who make a reader want to learn everything treated in this engaging exposé of standardized testing’s foibles. Ultra-timely, this book should be mandatory reading for all educators—and everyone else!” —W. James Popham, Professor Emeritus, UCLA

“With clarity and insight, this book drops us right into the heart of the most central emergency we have in public education today—the unrelenting obsession with standardized testing. The authors are extremely well-informed, easy to read, and not afraid to take a stand. What a breath of fresh air!” —Ken Jones, University of Southern Maine