This is an audio-only podcast of Dr. David Berliner’s presentation at the Texas Tech University College of Education on Friday, April 28, 2006. The title of Dr. Berliner’s keynote address for the college’s annual research conference was, “Troubles for the NCLB Act: It may not be improving achievement and it corrupts the profession.” Dr. Berliner is not against accountability, standards or assessment, but IS against government education policies of high stakes testing because they do not work (as shown through statistical analyses) and they corrupt the teaching profession. Dr. David Berliner holds degrees from UCLA, Cal State, LA and Stanford University and has served in positions at Cal State – San Jose, University of Massachusetts, and University of Arizona. He is currently a Regents’ Professor in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in the College of Education at Arizona State University. His current research focuses on teaching, teacher education and educational policy. Dr. Berliner’s books include Educational Psychology (6th edition with N. L. Gage), The Manufactured Crisis (with B. J. Biddle), and The Handbook of Educational Psychology (edited with R. L. Calfee). He has served as president of the American Educational Research Association and of the Educational Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association. Berliner is a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Education.

Program Length: 1 hr, 4 min, 39 sec
File size: 14.8 MB

Podcast 29 April 2006(Click here to listen to this podcast)

Show notes for this podcast include:

  1. A video version of this enhanced podcast is available on Vimeo.
  2. An enhanced (m4a) version of this podcast is also available.
  3. A webpage version of this enhanced podcast is available (free QuickTime player software required)
  4. A PDF copy of Dr. Berliner’s presentation slides included in the enhance podcast (higher resolution)
  5. Dr. Berliner’s faculty webpage at Arizona State University

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2 Responses to Podcast55: High Stakes Testing is the Enemy

  1. Brian Crosby says: “…I am not against testing. Testing that helps evaluate where students are so you can make informed decisions on where to go next with them is just good teaching. But much of the testing we do is not well designed to do that and actually becomes counter-productive. Hence…”

  2. […] Wesley Fryer’s blog Moving at the Speed of Creativity is a goldmine for educators, and I read it often. However, I’ve only just come across his excellent regular podcasts. A recent one, entitled High Stakes Testing is the Enemy, includes a lecture given by Dr. David Berliner in which he discusses the effect of high-stakes testing on American education. It’s a great lecture/talk and raises some important issues, most of them universal to Western education systems… […]

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