Horn, Jim, and Denise Wilburn, The Mismeasure of Education. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, 2013.


Describes recent history of assessment in educational policy and practice; reviews research on testing and accountability schemes in the US and argues that sound research does not support present policies and practices; provides as a case study Tennessee's value-added assessment model which is extensively analyzed and critiqued: offers several recommendations for changing from using high-stakes testing to more helpful formative assessment policies and practices.

Broad Topical Focus

Curriculum Policies and Policy Making, Curriculum Research and Inquiry-General, Relation of Curriculum Research to Practice

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Philosophical Inquiry-Conceptual Analysis, Philosophical Inquiry-Speculative Essay, Integrative Inquiry

Type of Study

Single Study

Narrow Topic

Curriculum Theory Creation and Uses, Curriculum and Politics, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Student Assessment


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