High Stakes is a critical ethnography of an underfunded public elementary school in this era of accountability and high stakes testing. The book was written during the year the authors served as third and fourth grade teachers, and it juxtaposes the experiences of mostly minority children of poverty and their teachers with an examination of high stakes testing policies and the loss of a comprehensive education to political dictates.
Dale D. Johnson is professor of literacy education at Dowling College on Long Island. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin and was a profesor there for 16 years. Dr. Johnson has been an elementary and middle school teacher in Wisconsin and Louisiana and was on the faculties of Katsina College in Nigeria and the University of Louisiana. He is a past-president of the International Reading Association. Dr. Johnson has authored and co-authored 12 books, including Vocabulary in the Elementary and Middle School (2001, Allyn and Bacon). Bonnie Johnson is professor of human development and learning at Dowling College on Long Island. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin where she was granted the 'Distinguished Teacher of Teachers' award. Dr. Johnson has taught elementary school in Wisconsin and Louisiana and has been a professor at Texas A&M, the University of Louisiana, and Clarke College. She has published for children, adolescents, and adults. In addition to journal articles, she is the author of Wordworks: Exploring Language Play (1999, Fulcrum).
Chapter 1 The Realities of an Underfunded School Chapter 2 September: The Children We Teach Chapter 3 October: Regulating Teaching Chapter 4 November: Drugs, Poverty, and Test Scores Chapter 5 December: "Clamp Down" Chapter 6 January: Test Preparation-The Pace Quickens Chapter 7 February: Pep Rallies for Tests Chapter 8 March: Test-Day Traumas Chapter 9 April: Freedom to Teach and Learn Chapter 10 May: "I Don't Want to Spend My Time on Paperwork" Chapter 11 How Can We Build a Better Future? Recommendations for Policy Change Chapter 12 Today a Nation of Testing Chapter 13 Epilogue