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America's Report Card by John McNally
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Jul 06, 2007

really liked it

picking this book up, i thought it had been miscategorized in the fiction section. being in the field of educational publishing myself, the novel's focus on testing drew my attention. i was quite surprised to find myself in the world of a test-scorer (since honestly i never think about the tests being scored) running into the world of a test-taker (a high school senior). the book posed the conspiracy theory that the standardized tests american students take all their lives are used by the government as psychological profiles assessing the potential threat they pose to the government. very interesting, with a couple quick turns of perspective (the narration is third-person, but shifts its focus between characters) that i wasn't expecting along the way.

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