Standard Error

A biography of Al Shanker traces his fight for school reform. But testing created accountability at the expense of education. Linda Perlstein's story of one school shows us just how truly terrible this is.

by

The American Prospect depends on reader support

If you are scraping by right now, please don’t give us anything. But if you have the ability to support independent, non-profit journalism, we are so grateful. Your voluntary contribution helps keep this website paywall-free. There are many ways to give. You can use our one-time donation form. Or click to ActBlue, or PayPal, or even Facebook. You can browse our Prospect Perks page, and sign up as a subscriber with a range of benefits, including an opt-in to receive the print magazine by mail. Whatever works for you.

Click to View Subscriber Levels: IDEAS, POLITICS & POWER