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Friday, July 3 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
Hands up, don't test! Standardized testing and the struggle for Black education

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The testocracy claims that their efforts to inundate the public schools with high-stakes standardized testing is the new civil rights movement for racial equity. They also assert only "suburban white moms" oppose these tests. These claims are designed to hide the fact that standardized tests entered the public schools as a product of the white supremacists eugenics movement and that Black activists have long been some of the most prominent leaders in the movement to end standardized testing in public education. With the Black Lives Matter movement on the rise, it is vital that we analyze the role of high-stakes tests in reinforcing the school-to-prison pipeline, and work to join this movement with the mass movement to opt out of high-stakes testing. 

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Jesse Hagopian

Jesse Hagopian teaches history and is the Black Student Union adviser at Garfield High School, the site of the historic boycott of the MAP test in 2013. He is an associate editor of Rethinking Schools, a founding member of Social Equality Educators, and winner of the 2013 “Secondary School Teacher of Year” award from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. He is the editor of More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High... Read More →

Friday July 3, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
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