Evanston Township High School will host “The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed With Standardized Testing, But You Don’t Have To Be” with Anya Kamenetz on Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00pm in the school auditorium. Presented in partnership with the Family Action Network (FAN), the event is free and open to the public. CPDUs are available for educators.
Anya Kamenetz is the lead digital education reporter for National Public Radio (NPR) and previously covered technology, innovation, sustainability and social entrepreneurship as a staff writer for Fast Company magazine. She is the author of several books about the future of education including The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed with Standardized Testing, But You Don’t Have To Be.
A dozen years after No Child Left Behind, standardized test scores are being used in an unprecedented way to decide the fates of states, districts, students, schools, teachers and principals. Tests and test prep are increasingly coming to define school for millions of students, with the most intense consequences falling on schools that serve the most vulnerable. Kamenetz examines the raging debate over whether students take too many tests, the quality of the tests themselves, and whether the stakes are too high. In researching what all children really need to be happy and successful, Kamenetz explores new 21st century skills and how to build a future of better tests and real accountability.
The March 3 presentation is sponsored by Family Action Network (FAN) and Evanston Township High School D202, in partnership with in partnership with Baker Demonstration School, Chiaravalle Montessori School, Erikson Institute, Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education, and Winnetka D36.
ETHS is located at 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, 60201. The auditorium is wheelchair accessible. Guests should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to 7:00pm to find parking and seats. Parking is recommended in the lot across from the main entrance, off of Dodge Avenue, or in the lots behind the high school. Parking is also available along Dodge Avenue according to posted City of Evanston signs.
For more information about FAN events and sponsors for the 2014-15 presentations, visit www.familyactionnetwork.net.