Unequal by Design: High-Stakes Testing and the Standardization of Inequality

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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.35 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Wayne Au is Professor in the School of Educational Studies at the University of Washington Bothell, USA. A long-time educational activist and scholar, his work critically examines issues of power and justice in educational policy and practice.


"Wayne Au has really done it with this one. With the most up-to-date research on high-stakes testing in the U.S., historical analysis of the origins of standardized testing, theoretical insights into the role of testing in our school system, inspirational accounts of communities resisting these tests, and an exploration of alternatives to these punitive exams, Unequal By Design is both the sword and the shield we need with us in the battle for the education students deserve."

Jesse Hagopian, teacher, author, and organizer for the Zinn Education Project's Teaching for Black Lives campaign.

"I am always left in awe of Au's writing, andt he 2nd edition of Unequal By Design is no exception. This book is everything we need right now to understand that to end high-stakes testing is to chop off one of the tentacles of White supremacy. Packed with data and research and explained with the ease of a skilled storyteller, this new edition debunks the lies of the testing industry and illuminates the path forward for continued resistance to the model of ranking our children to uphold racism. Unequal By Design is now fresher and more necessary than ever."

Bettina Love, Athletic Association Endowed Professor at the University of Georgia, USA.