Past Event

The School Project - Episode 4 - "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.

Join us for The School Project‘s forth event at the Chicago Cultural Center, which will include a screening of the short documentary focusing on Chicago Public School’s standardized testing.

This event is free and open to the public. However, registration is recommended.


The event is co-sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council and Kartemquin Films as part of The Collaborative City, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).



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