“Standardized – How Testing is Ruining Public Education”

1902084_661125367281345_913477447_nTacoma — Parents and Friends for Tacoma Public Schools (PFTPS), a community group dedicated to strengthening our public education system, is partnering with Washington Badass Teacher Association (WA-BATS) to screen a film focused on the effects of standardized testing in public education on Saturday, March 1, 2014 in the Tahoma Room, located in Commencement Hall on the University of  Puget Sound campus in Tacoma.

Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. with the documentary beginning at 2:00 p.m.  “STANDARDIZED. Lies, Money & Civil Rights:  How Testing is Ruining Public Education” created by Daniel Hornberger is a 75 minute exposé of how mandated testing is undermining public education.

Participating in a panel discussion immediately following the film will be Representative Jake Fey of the 27th Legislative District as well as Author and University Professor Wayne Au.  There is a suggested donation of $5.00 per person.

“For decades, standardized testing has been a part of public education. Within the last ten years, however, the testing has taken on a more important, and possibly more damaging, role. Test scores, mistakenly viewed as effective assessments of student ability and teacher/school effectiveness, are anything but. This film sheds light on the invalid nature of these tests, the terrible consequences of high-stakes testing, and the big money that’s involved.” – Rockfish Productions

PFTPS is a grassroots organization with membership comprised of parents, community members, current and retired education employees, grandparents, and community activists.   PFTPS also welcomes high school and college students, civic leaders, retired school district employees and neighborhood leaders who are interested in joining.  Members are expected to support the mission and attend at least two meetings per year.  

For more information about Parents and Friends for Tacoma Public Schools, visit http://PFTPS.org or visit us on Facebook at

http://www.facebook.com/ParentsAndFriendsForTacomaPublicSchools

     Contact: Kim Golding, (253) 906-8827, email pftpscommunciations@gmail.com

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