Professor Daniel Koretz received the 2009 Outstanding Book Award on February 7 from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) for his book, Measuring Up: What Educational Testing Really Tells Us, published by Harvard University Press. The award, sponsored by the AACTE Committee on Research and Dissemination, recognizes exemplary books that make significant contribution to the knowledge base of teacher education or of teaching and learning with implications for teacher education.
"I am delighted and honored that Measuring Up has been given this year's Outstanding Book Award by the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education," Koretz said. "Testing has become an enormously powerful influence on education, and all who are concerned about education need to understand it. I wrote the book in the hope that educators would find it useful, and therefore, the AACTE award is especially gratifying."
AACTE praised Koretz's book for offering a comprehensive explanation of the fundamental problems with testing as they relate to the most controversial and complex topics in education today.
"After Dan wrote Measuring Up, he told me that his goal had been to make research on testing accessible to practitioners," said Kathleen McCartney, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. "Clearly, he hit the mark, as evidenced by this recognition by AACTE. Dan's work is a shining example of work at the nexus of practice, policy, and research."
The AACTE is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to the highest quality professional development of teachers and school leaders in order to enhance PreK-12 student learning.