The School Administrator

December 2001Testing DissidentsSchool leaders at the forefront of the high-stakes fight


  • Testing Dissidents

    by Paul Riede

    School leaders raise public concerns over the potential and real harm of high-stakes tests. Paul Riede is an education writer in Syracuse, N.Y.

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  • My Fight for an Alternative Diploma

    by William C. Cala

    Fearing student dropouts and disillusionment, a risk-taking superintendent takes on New York's one-size-fits-all testing program. William Cala is superintendent in Fairport, N.Y.

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  • Balancing State and Local Assessments

    by Stanley Rabinowitz

    Schools are duty bound to meet the needs of all students through testing, says a WestEd researcher.

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  • Multiple Measures: Beginning With Ends

    by Fred C. Schroeder and Sally Pryor

    The Park Ridge-Niles Consolidated School District in Illinois is using more than scores to assess its students and schools.

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  • Building State Assessment From the Classroom Up

    by Doug Christensen

    Nebraska's state education commissioner has fashioned an accountability system that avoids high-stakes measurement.

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    The Practicality of an Electronic Board Agenda by Jesse Register

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    Moving a School District Into Big-Time Fund Raising by Stan Levenson

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    To Infuse New Thinking, Try Book Discussions by Gary M. Smit

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    Guest Column

    My Perils With Pension Portability by Laval S. Wilson

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    Leave Me Alone and Let Me Teach! by Douglas B. Reeves

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    How Are We Doing? It Depends by Larry Clinefelter

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    President’s Corner

    Accountability for Student Success by Don W. Hooper

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    Executive Perspective

    Scrooge-Style Leadership With Heart by Paul D. Houston

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    Federal Dateline

    The End Is Near, and Major Change Is Brewing by Bruce Hunter

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