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Standardized assessments test our children, our teachers, our schools - and increasingly, our patience.Your child is more than a score. But in the last twenty years, schools have dramatically increased standardized testing, sacrificing hours of classroom time. What is the cost to students, teachers, and families? How do we preserve space for self-directed learning and development - especially when we still want all children to hit the mark?The Test explores all sides of this problem - where these tests came from, their limitations and flaws, and ultimately what parents, teachers, and concerned citizens can do. It recounts the shocking history and tempestuous politics of testing and borrows strategies from fields as diverse as games, neuroscience, and ancient philosophy to help children cope.

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Anya Kamenetz

Anya is endlessly curious about learning and the future. Her forthcoming book, The Art of Screen Time (PublicAffairs, 2018) is the first, essential, don't-panic guide to kids, parents, and screens. You can preorder it now!Generation Debt (Riverhead, 2006) , dealt with youth economics and politics; DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education (Chelsea Green, 2010) , investigated innovations to address the crises in cost, access, and quality in higher education. The Test (PublicAffairs, 2015) , is about the past, present and future of testing in American schools. Learning, Freedom and the Web, The Edupunks' Guide, and the Edupunks' Atlas are her free web projects about self-directed, web-enabled learning. Anya is the lead digital education correspondent for NPR. Her team's blog is at . Previously she covered technology, innovation, sustainability and social entrepreneurship for five years as a staff writer for Fast Company magazine. She's contributed to The Village Voice, The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Slate, and O, the Oprah Magazine. She was named a 2010 Game Changer in Education by the Huffington Post and won 2009, 2010, and 2015 National Awards from the Education Writers Association. NPR Ed won a 2017 Edward R. Murrow award for Innovation from the Radio Television Digital News Association. She appears in the documentaries Generation Next (2006) , Default: A Student Loan Documentary (2011) , both shown on PBS, and Ivory Tower, distributed by Participant Media. Anya grew up in Louisiana, in a family of writers and mystics, and graduated from Yale University in 2002. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

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