The Author: Richard P. Phelps received degrees from Washington, Indiana, and Harvard Universities and a Ph.D. from the Wharton
School of the University of Pennsylvania. He taught secondary school mathematics in Burkina Faso, West Africa; worked at the
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, the U.S. General Accounting Office, Westat, National Evaluation
Systems, and Indiana’s Education Department; has published dozens of articles in scholarly journals; and is editor and co-author
of The Anti-testing Fallacies (2007) and Defending Standardized Testing (2005); author of Kill the Messenger:
The War on Standardized Testing (2003, 2005, 2007), and lead author for several statistical compendia. Phelps has received
research and study fellowships from the Educational Testing Service, the American Education Finance Association, the [U.S.]
National Center for Education Statistics, Harvard University, and the Wharton School.