Episode 36: High-Stakes Testing & the Manufactured Crisis with David Berliner

In episode 36, Dan and Michael chat with educational psychologist and researcher David Berliner about high-stakes testing and the manufactured crisis.

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. You can find detailed biographies with links to his work on the National Education Policy Center site and his Arizona State University page, or read the published one that David referenced in the episode:
    Berliner, D. C. (2016, May 11). An unanticipated successful career and some lessons learned. In S. Tobias, J. D. Fletcher, & D. Berliner (Series Eds.), Acquired Wisdom Series. Education Review, 23. Retrieved from: http://edrev.asu.edu/index.php/ER/article/view/2078/567
  2. Berliner, D. C., & Biddle, B. J. (1995). The manufactured crisis. New York: Addison-Wesley. (Published also by Harper Collins and Perseus Books) Purchase on Amazon
  3. Nichols, S. N. & Berliner, D. C. (2007). Collateral Damage: The effects of high-stakes testing on America’s schools. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press. Purchase on Amazon.
  4. Berliner, D. C. & Glass, G. V. (2014). 50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools: The Real Crisis in Education. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.  Purchase on Amazon.


David C. Berliner is Regents’ Professor of Education Emeritus at Arizona State University. He is a member of the National Academy of Education, the International Academy of Education, and a past president of both the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Division of Educational Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA). Professor Berliner has authored more than 200 published articles, chapters and books. Among his best known works is the book co-authored with B. J. Biddle, The manufactured crisis, and the book co-authored with Sharon Nichols, Collateral damage: How high-stakes testing corrupts American education. His most recent book, 50 Myths and Lies that Threaten America’s Public Schools, was co-authored with Gene V Glass and students, and published in March, 2014. You can contact him via at berliner@asu.edu or on Twitter @

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