Social Justice and Educational Measurement… Book Release Announcement !!

Finally, after years of work, my doctoral dissertation turned book is printed and for sale!

Here it is on Amazon. Some of it can be viewed via Google Books.

Social Justice and Educational Measurement is part philosophy of education and part historical-critical narrative of standardized testing practices in the United States. It represents years of reseach and collaborations with some of the greatest minds in the field of education. The book seeks to provide valuable frameworks and practices for teachers, students, and parents, as well as educational activists, scholars, and policy makers.

Here are some blog posts where I excerpt various sections of the book:

Praise for Social Justice and Educational Measurement:

‘In this highly original and powerful book, Zak Stein examines today’s educational testing movement in light of classical philosophical perspectives on justice.’
– Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, 
Harvard Graduate School of Education

‘Social Justice and Educational Mesurement provides a powerful argument that properly constructed, properly used standardized tests can be a force for social justice rather than an impediment to it.’
– Catherine Z. Elgin, Professor of the Philosophy of Education
, Harvard Graduate School of Education

‘Zak Stein’s book is more than simply a work of genius, it is one of the most important books of the last decade. Stein addresses a profoundly significant societal issue — educational measurement and social justice…. Ultimately, Stein sees testing infrastructures as basic structures of society that require radical reworking and redesign. Stein’s book will be a landmark text shaping these redesign efforts in the decades to come. Everyone needs to read this book.’
 Michael Hogan, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway

‘This book is a welcome and much needed deepening of the philosophical, ethical, and political discussions surrounding standardized testing. Not only does it offer a fascinating introduction for educators to one of the 20th century’s most important ethical theorists, John Rawls, it does so in the context of the history of testing, from the IQ through the SAT to NCLB. Anyone interested in the future of our educational system will benefit from reading this important book.’
– Scott Barry Kaufman, Scientific Director of the Imagination Institute, University of Pennsylvania, Author of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined

‘Stein’s accomplishment in Social Justice and Educational Measurement is impressive. He provides the reader with a penetrating critical analysis of the educational system in the United States. The position developed is philosophy at its best. From a Rawlsian ethical perspective, he demonstrates that the American educational system has been at times both unethical and unjust, undermining learning and healthy personal development. Directly under scrutiny is the history of standardized testing and “accountability,” as well as the emerging forms of resistance and activism being initiated by those enduring inhumane conditions in our schools. Stein does not stop at his devastating normative critique; he issues an urgent call for political action and change.’
– Hans G. Despain, Chair of Economics and Honors Program, Nichols College