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Tamara Anderson

Opt Out Philly, a committee of the Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools will have 4 more screenings of Standardized. “For decades, standardized testing has been a part of public education. Within the last ten years, however, education reform has promoted even more testing. Test scores, mistakenly viewed as effective assessments of student ability and teacher/school effectiveness, are anything but. STANDARDIZED sheds light on the invalid nature of these tests, the terrible consequences of high-stakes testing, and the big money that's involved.” (

Advocates, parents, community members, educators, librarians, support staff, counselors, administrators, and all who believe in public education are no longer sitting idly by, they are opting out. The movement is slowly but steadily growing across the country. They are saying, “Enough is enough.” They want public education to be fully funded and for the curriculum to demonstrate critical thinking, engagement, and creativity. Teachers want to teach and students want to learn. This is only possible if each of continues to educate each other about the flaws and corporate connection evident in all state tests. Additionally, test scores continue to silence and marginalize those that exist in high impoverished school districts and communities. Historically, scores have been utilized to predict the number of prison beds that state governments should invest in supporting the ongoing pipeline to prison.

If you have not had the opportunity to see the film Standardized, now is your chance. Engage in conversation and continue to learn about the business of testing and how it adversely affects all of our children.

Join Opt Out Philly for the following community screenings of “Standardized: Lies, Money, and Civil Rights-How Testing Is Ruining Public Education"

Sat. May 10, 10am-Noon, Donatucci Library, 1935 W. Shunk St.

Mon. May 12, 6-8pm, Lovett Library, 6945 Germantown Ave.

Wed. May 28, 5:30-7:30pm, Spring Garden Academy, 18th and Spring Garden Sts.

Thurs. June 12, 5:30-7:30pm, Spring Garden Academy, 17th and Tioga Sts.

For more information on the film visit:

  • If you would like to schedule a showing or are interested in refusing the 2015 PSSA for your child email:
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