Announcing “More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing”

Pre-order available for More Than a Score

Edited by Jesse Hagopian, Foreword by Diane Ravitch, Introduction by Alfie Kohn, Afterword by Wayne Au

A teacher threatened with having her teaching license revoked for organizing a testing boycott explains how her school defeated the standardized test.  Cover_MTaS

A valedictorian shares the speech she delivered to her graduating class about why her test scores don’t make her any smarter than the rest of her peers and why you should contact a state legislator to oppose turning students into a score.

A parent explains how the tests sunk her child into despair and how she found the strength to organize a mass opt out campaign of thousands of parents across her district.

A superintendent tells of the words uttered by a state legislator that made him an activist–and the action that he took to help defeat ten out of the fifteen high-stakes test that were required in his state for graduation.

We are in the midst of the largest uprising against high-stakes testing in US history and I am thrilled to announce that the forthcoming book that I edited and contributed to, More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes, is now available for pre-order.  I hope that the stories of resistance from front-line fighters, as well as analysis from some of the most renowned educators, inspire you to join this movement to reclaim and transform public education.

Releasing December 2nd from Haymarket Books
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Edited by Jesse Hagopian

Foreword by Diane Ravitch
Introduction by Alfie Kohn
Afterword by Wayne Au

With Contributions from:
Karen Lewis
Nancy Carlsson-Paige
Carol Burris
Mark Naison
Barbara Madeloni
Brian Jones
Stephanie Rivera
Monty Neill

John Kuhn
& many more…

For too long so-called education reformers, mostly billionaires, politicians, and others with little or no background in teaching, have gotten away with using standardized testing to punish our nation’s youth and educators.

Now, across the country, students are walking out, parents are opting their children out, and teachers are refusing to administer these detrimental exams. In fact, the “reformers” today find themselves facing the largest revolt in US history against high-stakes, standardized testing.

More Than a Score is a collection of essays, poems, speeches, and interviews—accounts of personal courage and trenchant insights—from frontline fighters who are defying the corporate education reformers, often at great personal and professional risk, and fueling a national movement to reclaim and transform public education.

Along with the voices of students, parents, teachers, administrators, and grassroots education activists, the book features renowned education researchers and advocates, including Diane Ravitch, Alfie Kohn, Wayne Au, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Karen Lewis, Carol Burris, Wayne Au, and Mark Naison.

JESSE HAGOPIAN teaches history and is the co-advisor for the Black Student Union at Garfield High School, the site of the historic boycott of the MAP test in 2013. He is an associate editor of Rethinking Schools, a founding member of Social Equality Educators, and winner of the 2013 “Secondary School Teacher of Year” award from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences.

Available for pre-order now
Select advance review copies available on request

Contact: Jim Plank, Haymarket Books,
jim@haymarketbooks.org, 773-583-7884

Releasing December 2, 2014 | Trade Paper $16 | ISBN: 9781608463923 
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4 responses

  1. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for doing this, for creating this

    I am an education coach. All I do is work with kids who don’t fit into boxes. I have been following you for a long time and I am so thrilled to see this. I left a 12 year teaching career bc of the dysfunction that prevented me from serving my kids! let me know how I can help. Seth

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    SethPerler.com ShineOn Educational Solutions Intentional Learning & Life-crafting Seth Perler, MEd Gifted Education Education Coach & Consultant 303.995.8889, Boulder, CO

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  2. Seth,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story! I am so sorry to hear that the Testocracy got you down, but we are building a movement that will one day overpower them. Please get the word out about this book and hopefully it will help that day come sooner.
    All the best,

    -Jesse

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  3. christine pozerycki | Reply

    Congratulations, Jesse!

    I found some photos of you, Miles, and Satchel from last year’s class! Will send soon.

    Click, Clack, Moo!

    Chris

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