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Henry Chauncey

An American Life


Norbert Elliot

A leader in twentieth-century education, Henry Chauncey (1905–2002) introduced large-scale assessment into the lives of individual Americans. This first full-length educational biography examines Chauncey’s education at Groton School, Ohio State University, and Harvard College, his position as a teacher at William Penn Charter School, and his role as founding president of the Educational Testing Service. Documenting a career extending from the Great Depression through the end of the Cold War, this book provides an interpretative history of educational measurement through the careers of Chauncey and his contemporaries. As researcher, administrator, and writer, Chauncey dealt with topics central to the history of schools and schooling: the role of accountability in education; the value of individual difference; the identification of talent; the necessity of international perspectives; the resonance between technology and learning; and the impulse for social justice. This biography provides insight into the multidisciplinary factors that shaped the social enterprise of American education.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataElliot, Norbert.Henry Chauncey: an American life / Norbert Elliot.pages cm. — (History of schools and schooling; vol. 54)Includes bibliographical references.1. Chauncey, Henry, 1905–2002. 2. Educators—United States—Biography. 3. Educational Testing Service—History.4. Educational tests and measurements—United States—History. I. Title.LA2317.C4813E56   370.92—dc23   [B]  2013042050ISBN 978-1-4331-0890-7 (hardcover)ISBN 978-1-4331-0889-1 (paperback)ISBN 978-1-4539-1225-6 (e-book)ISSN 1089-0678Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek.Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at

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