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STANDARDIZED Lies, Money & Civil Rights: How Testing Is Ruining Education

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Published on Oct 23, 2013

Why are standardized tests such an integral (or unnecessary) part of education? The debate over their effectiveness is not a new one, but that debate has become hotter since the implementation of No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top.

Some public officials have been pushing to have the data generated from state assessment tests used as determinants for not only teachers' salaries but also school closures. Schools, knowing sanctions loom on the horizon if their students don't
score well, have begun to teach to the tests. Are schools abandoning the ideas of a
comprehensive curriculum and producing well-rounded children?

Are the tests reliable? What exactly do they measure?
Why is there such an implicit trust in the standardized testing industry?

Educational experts will provide their opinions and, perhaps, a clear vision of where public education is heading. Among the experts are Dr. Yong Zhao, Dr. Timothy Slekar, Dr. Shaun Johnson, Dr. Henry Cram, Judge Rick Roach, and Mark Naison. These on-camera interviews combined with archival footage will spark a renewed interest, especially among America's parents, in the ways we teach and assess children.

This film comes at an important moment and has the potential to make a tremendous impact on how all of us think about education.

This film is scheduled to be released in late November 2013.
About Rockfish Productions
Rockfish Productions began four years ago, when Dan Hornberger produced a video chronicle of the now-closed Western Berks Street Hockey Rink. Dan traveled all over Berks County, interviewing players, managers, and referees, all of whom fondly remembered their days at the rink. In late 2012, Dan and Jim Del Conte teamed to work on a short doc about a pretzel bakery in south Reading. Several months later, they produced Twists & Turns: A Promise Kept in a Struggling City, which debuted at the Greater Reading Film Festival. In the spring of 2013, Hornberger and Del Conte decided to tackle the incredibly difficult subject of testing in public schools. The result: STANDARDIZED.

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