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Seattle’s recently-passed universal pre-k measure included a stipulation of standardized testing, but according to NPR’s Anya Kamenetz (Generation Debt), today’s schools are sacrificing learning by enacting such regulations. The Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing–But You Don’t Have to Be is her insightful look at the world of standardized testing in the era of No Child Left Behind, increased college expectations, and overachievers. She’ll outline the pressures these tests place on students, their families, and school districts, ultimately offering a wake up call for educators–and parents–to move beyond numbers, and refocus on the child. Kamenetz is the author of several books and NPR’s lead digital education reporter.
Learn more: About the author.
A community program with Scrap the Map will follow Kamenetz’ 7:30pm talk in the Downstairs space. Scrap the Map is a coalition of teachers, students, and community members formed to support Garfield High School students’ walkout protesting Washington State Standardized Testing. Students and organizers from the coalition will be present to lead a talkback following Anya Kamenetz’s book and answer questions about the current situation of standardized testing protests in Washington State.
Presented by: Town Hall and University Book Store, as part of its Civics series.
Series supported by:
and the True-Brown Foundation.
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