“Just Another Brick in the Wall”: Standardization and the Devaluing of Education

Daniel Rubin, Christopher Kazanjian


Standardization and curriculum alignment are the dominant curricular forces in education today. Due in part to the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001, education has become singularly focused on teaching towards the test in order to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), yet data has shown that using standardized testing does not result in increased student learning or development. This article discusses the current state of education in this country as well as the detrimental effects that standardization and strict curriculum alignment have, not only on students, but on educators as well.



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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3776/joci.%25y.v5i2p94-108


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