Sharon Nichols
Sharon L. Nichols

COEHD continues lunch lecture series Nov. 16

By Ashley Harris
Public Affairs Specialist

(Nov. 15, 2006)--UTSA Assistant Professor Sharon L. Nichols will continue the College of Education and Human Development's Junior Faculty Brown Bag Series with the presentation and lecture, "The Assessment Sham: The Corruption and Distortion of American Education Through High-Stakes Testing."

The event is noon-1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16 in Buena Vista Street Building Room 1.322 at the Downtown Campus.

The lecture will focus on Nichols' recent study of the No Child Left Behind Act and her conclusion that high-stakes testing erodes education practice, undermines the professionalism of teachers and creates a climate of uncertainty, corruption and distortion. Nichols will discuss her recommendations for alternative methods to track student accountability.

The co-author of the upcoming book, "Collateral Damage: How High-Stakes Testing Corrupts America's Schools," Nichols focuses her research on the social contexts of teaching, learning and development, and how educational policy affects classroom practice.

UTSA students, faculty and staff are invited to bring lunch and attend this one-hour research presentation.

For more information, call (210) 458-2035.

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