Wayne Au



B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1994
MiT, The Evergreen State College, 1996
Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction, University of Wisconsin, 2007


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Biographical Note

Wayne Au is an editor for the social justice teaching magazine, Rethinking Schools, and is an assistant professor of social studies education at University of Washington - Bothell. He writes extensively about critical education, curriculum studies, and teaching for social justice. In addition to published articles in numerous journals, Au has authored Unequal By Design: High-Stakes Testing and the Standardization of Inequality (Routledge, 2009), edited Rethinking Multicultural Education: Teaching for Racial and Cultural Justice (Rethinking Schools, 2009), co-edited with Michael Apple and Luis Gandin, The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Education (Routledge, 2009), and co-edited with Bill Bigelow and Stan Karp, Rethinking Our Classrooms Volume 1 (Revised Edition, Rethinking Schools, 2007).

Publication Types

Non-Fiction, Journalism

Latest Publication Title

Unequal By Design: High-Stakes Testing and the Standardization of Inequality, Routledge, 2009

Publication Excerpt

Unequal By Design critically examines high-stakes standardized testing in order to illuminate what is really at stake for students, teachers, and communities negatively affected by such testing. This thoughtful analysis traces standardized testing’s origins in the Eugenics and Social Efficiency movements of the late 19th and early 20th century through its current use as the central tool for national educational reform via No Child Left Behind. By exploring historical, social, economic, and educational aspects of testing, author Wayne Au demonstrates that these tests are not only premised on the creation of inequality, but that their structures are inextricably intertwined with social inequalities that exist outside of schools.

How did Evergreen help you in your career?

I learned how to write at Evergreen, and the politics of my courses contributed to my development as a thinker, educator, and activist.