Policymakers continue to push high-stakes, standardized tests as the key to promoting racial equity and effectively implementing meaningful education reforms. But what if test scores don’t really tell us what we need to know to improve education? On Monday, October 23 at 6:30 p.m. in SEC 220, Dr. Wayne Au, author and professor in the School of Educational Studies at the University of Washington Bothell, will discuss major problems with using standardized tests to make highstakes decisions about students, teachers, administrators, and schools, as well as provide some concrete examples of better forms of assessment that our schools could be using instead.
Dr. Au is also an editor for the social justice teaching magazine and publisher, Rethinking Schools. A former public high school teacher, Dr. Au’s research focuses on critical analyses of curriculum, education policy, and teacher practices. Dr. Au is an award-winning scholar and teacher who has authored numerous books, articles, and chapters. Most recently he co-authored Reclaiming the Multicultural Roots of U.S. Curriculum, and he is currently in the process of co-editing two Rethinking Schools books dealing with Ethnic Studies and making Black student lives matter in schools.
Dr. Au is the UNI COE C&I Gretchen and Francis Pallischeck Visiting Professor.