Responding to Student Diversity amidst Tested Traditions and Testing Standards

Sep. 30, 2009

Source: Teaching Education, Volume 20, Issue 3 September 2009 , pages 277 - 290

Using the case of a secondary English department, this paper demonstrates how historical barriers to effectively educating diverse students have been reinforced by the current educational climate of curriculum standardization and high stakes accountability.

Data derive from in-depth interviews of English teachers and analysis of curriculum-related documents.

The paper claims that educational strategies for responding to diversity should be internally developed by schools and teachers. These internal strategies should be supported by educational policy reforms that move beyond standardization and high stakes assessment by providing teachers with greater autonomy to select curriculum and inviting substantive input from schools in determining how standards are met.

Updated: Nov. 17, 2009