Valli, Linda, Robert G. Croninger, Marilyn J. Chambliss, Anna O. Graeber,and Daria Buese. Test Driven: High-Stakes Accountability in Elementary Schools. New York: Teachers College Press, 2008.


Presents data on how high-stakes testing and NCLB affected three elementary schools in the same school district during 2004-2005; teachers' stories are told about the test-taking cultures that developed, how they affected teachers' roles and responsibilities, how the curriculum was affected by the test-taking culture, how professional development changed, and how actual teaching was driven by this culture; key findings and policy recommendations are included with this report.

Broad Topical Focus

Curriculum Enactment and Teaching, Curriculum Evaluation, Curriculum Policies and Policy Making

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Ethnographic Inquiry

Type of Study

Single Study

Narrow Topic

Curriculum Standards and Testing


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