Collateral Damage

Collateral Damage How High-Stakes Testing Corrupts America's Schools

Sharon L. Nichols and David C. Berliner, foreword by Nel Noddings
Pub. Date: March 2007
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-080-5
library, 252 Pages
Pub. Date: March 2007
ISBN-13: 978-1891792-36-6
Price: $54.95

Add to Cart

paper, 252 Pages
Pub. Date: March 2007
ISBN-13: 978-1-891792-35-9
Price: $26.00

Add to Cart

Request an Examination Copy

Drawing on their extensive research, Nichols and Berliner document and categorize the ways that high-stakes testing threatens the purposes and ideals of the American education system.


Nichols and Berliner provide a hard-hitting and thoughtful critique of today’s overreliance on high-stakes testing. This is a must-read for anyone concerned about the unintended consequences of education reform. — Paul D. Houston, Executive Director, American Association of School Administrators

The cumulative impact of the accounts Nichols and Berliner lay out before us is staggering. They punch it home: The moral impact of NCLB may be as dangerous as its educational effects. — Deborah Meier, Senior Scholar, New York University

Collateral Damage delivers a healthy dose of hard truth. It should be required reading for policymakers and concerned citizens. — Jeannie Oakes, Presidential Professor and Director, UCLA Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access

Nichols and Berliner provide a carefully reasoned analysis laced with frightening accounts drawn from public schools. This readable volume eviscerates the premise that our schools can be evaluated with a single indicator. If you care about public schooling, this book is essential. — W. James Popham, Professor Emeritus, UCLA

More Less

David Berliner receives 2008 Sylvia Scribner Award

E-book available through online booksellers

Preface (PDF)

Excerpt from the Introduction (PDF)

Table of Contents

Harvard Education Letter Editorial by the Authors

Recent Reviews of Collateral Damage

About the Authors

David Berliner on "Why Rising Test Scores May Not Equal Increased Student Learning"

Other books in Testing and Assessment

Other books in Testing and Assessment

Formative Assessment in Practice

Margaret Heritage, foreword by W. James Popham

Other books in Testing and Assessment

New Frontiers in Formative Assessment

Edited by Pendred E. Noyce and Daniel T. Hickey, foreword by Lorrie A. Shepard

Books From This Author