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Testing Season: Collaborative City Film Screening and Discussion

The School Project

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (CDT)

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Testing Season

A film screening and discussion with The School Project

Sponsored by Collaborative City & the Illinois Humanities Council 

 

Join us for Testing Season, the fourth episode of The School Project — a documentary series on public education in Chicago. This 10-minute film explores the hot topic of school testing from the boycotts of 2014 to the implementation of the PARCC test rolling out this spring, and the grassroots movement to push back against high stakes standardized tests in Illinois and around the country. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with community leaders, educators, and education experts, moderated by Linda Lenz of Catalyst Chicago.

Watch the film's trailer here: http://youtu.be/JM1ddULfdhU


Event: Testing Season

When: Tuesday, March 31st
Doors open at 4:30 p.m.
Program begins at 5:00 p.m.

Where: The Chicago Cultural Center
77 E. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60602

Event is free and open to the public; RSVP required
Please arrive early to ensure entry 


About Testing Season

Last year the CPS "testing season" was dramatic, with a record number of parents opting out of the soon to be discarded ISAT. Teachers at two schools refused to administer the test, resulting in CPS issuing threats of disciplinary action. This year the opt-out movement is focusing its efforts on "parking the PARCC"; delaying the implementation of the new state test. The concerns about the roll out of this new test are so widespread that even CPS CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett has requested a waiver from the state, which was denied. Jumping off from the Opt Out movement, this segment looks at the history, philosophical underpinning, implementation and costs of standardized testing.


About The School Project

The School Project is a six-part documentary series on public education released in segments over the 2014-2015 school year. This series will look at local perspectives on the recent mass school closings in Chicago, the expansion of charter schools, the controversy surrounding standardized testing, school discipline policies, and the history of reforms and educational models. The School Project examines the roots of these issues and how each policy impacts the wider school community in Chicago and its implications on a national level. PBS station WTTW broadcasts each segment during their flagship “Chicago Tonight” News Program, and the Sun-Times, Ebony.com and Catalyst Chicago contribute additional web-based content. For all episodes in the series, subscribe to The School Project on YouTube.

 

 

 

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Chicago Cultural Center
77 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60602

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (CDT)


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The School Project

Co-Production Partners:

Free Spirit Media, Kartemquin Films, Kindling Group, Media Process Group,

Siskel/Jacobs Productions, and producers Rachel Dickson and Melissa Sterne

Project Partners:

WTTW/Channel 11, the Chicago Sun-Times, Catalyst Chicago, the Chicago History Museum, and Ebony.com, CAN TV, StoryCorps, and Community Media Workshop

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