A special screening of the documentary TESTED will take place March 16, 2017, at 7 p.m., in the Northville High School Auditorium, 45700 Six Mile Road, in Northville. The film follows a dozen racially and socio-economically diverse New York City eighth graders as they compete for spots in one of the city’s nine top-notch public high schools. Getting in to one of these elite schools can change a child’s life, but the only way in is to ace a single standardized test, called the Specialized High School Admissions Test.
Sponsored by the Northville High School PTSA, TESTED explores issues around equal access, stereotypes, affirmative action and the model minority myth. It also includes the voices of education experts Pedro Noguera and Diane Ravitch.
Film writer and director Curtis Chin is a Detroit native and a graduate of the University of Michigan. He is currently a visiting scholar at New York University. He has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the San Diego Asian American Film Foundation. He has spoken at more than 400 universities and non-profits in the U.S. and abroad and has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, and NPR, as well as in Newsweek magazine and other media outlets.
The screening will be followed by a discussion and question and answer session with Chin.
“We believe the high-stakes testing detailed in TESTED is a relevant topic for our community, as legislators, educators and families continue to wrestle with its purpose and outcomes and the pressure it places on our students to perform,” said Northville Public Schools Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services Deanna Barash. “Our hope is that the documentary will start the dialogue about the role testing plays in the lives of our teachers, students and families.”
“Our sincere appreciation to the Northville High School PTSA for sponsoring the screening and to Northville Board of Education Secretary Roland Hwang for arranging Chin’s visit to Northville High School.”
Admission to the March 16th screening is free and open to all school families and community members. For more information about TESTED, visit www.TestedFilm.com.