Writing and School Reform: Writing Instruction in the Age of Common Core and Standardized Testing

  • secondary institution, reform, Pedagogy, history of writing, Standardized testing, assessment

By Joanne Addison and Sharon James McGee
Copy edited by Julia Smith. Designed by Mike Palmquist.

CoverIn Writing and School Reform, Joanne Addison and Sharon James McGee respond to a testing and accountability movement that has imposed increasingly stronger measures of control over our classrooms, shifted teaching away from best practices, and eroded teacher and student agency. Drawing on historical and empirical research, Writing and School Reform details the origins of the accountability movement, explores its emerging effects on the teaching of writing, and charts a path forward that reasserts the agency of teachers and researchers in the field.

Table of Contents

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Front Matter


Chapter 1: A Brief History of Accountability and Standardized Testing

Chapter 2: Writing in High School, Writing in College

Chapter 3: What's an Administrator or Teacher to Do?

Chapter 4. Thinking Vertically

Chapter 5. Teaching Writing Matters

Works Cited

About the Authors

Joanne Addison is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Colorado Denver. Her research focuses on educational policy and practice as well as empirical research in writing studies and online learning. She has published in College Composition and Communication, Rhetoric Review, Written Communication, Computers and Composition, Journal of Writing Assessment, and other journals as well as a number of edited collections. With Sharon James McGee, she co-edited the book Feminist Empirical Research.

Sharon James McGee is Associate Dean of The Graduate School and Professor of English at Western Carolina University. Formerly, she was Professor and Chair of the Department of English Language and Literature at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Her research interests include empirical studies of writing and learning, research methodologies, writing across/within disciplines, and academic administration. With Carolyn Handa, she co-edited Discord and Direction: The Postmodern Writing Program Administrator, among other works.

Publication Information: Addison, Joanne, & Sharon James McGee. (2016). Writing and School Reform: Writing Instruction in the Age of Common Core and Standardized Testing. The WAC Clearinghouse; University Press of Colorado. https: //doi.org/10.37514/PER-B.2016.0773 

Web Publication Date: July 17, 2016
Print Publication Date: March 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-64215-077-3  (pdf) | 978-1-64215-077-3  (epub) | 978-1-60732-645-8 (pbk.)
DOI: 10.37514/PER-B.2016.0773

Contact Information:
Joanne Addison: joanne.addison@ucdenver.edu
Sharon James McGee: sjmcgee@email.wcu.edu

Perspectives on Writing

Series Editors: Susan H. McLeod, University of California, Santa Barbara, and Rich Rice, Texas Tech University

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