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The Racist History of Standardized Testing

Join antiracist educators and organizers for a conversation about the history of eugenics and standardized testing, the racist impacts of high stakes testing on learning and instruction and how we can build a movement against the testing regime.



Awo Okaikor Aryee-Price, Ed.D is a former classroom teacher, teacher-leader, and organizer, who is committed to collectively undoing and unlearning the racist, colonial, patriarchal, and other oppressive systems and structures that hinder us all from being able to access our full human-selves. She is a core trainer with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, co-founder of an organization, MapSO Freedom School, and is a founding steering committee member for the National Black Lives Matter in School, a network of educators and organizers committed to centering Black students, educators, and communities, while advocating for the creation of anti-racist learning environments for all students.

Jesse Hagopian is a member of the national Black Lives Matter at School steering committee and teaches Ethnic Studies at Seattle’s Garfield High School. He is the co-editor of Black Lives Matter at School: An Uprising for Educational Justice, an editor for Rethinking Schools magazine, editor of More Than a Score and co-editor of Teaching for Black Lives .

Denisha Jones is a member of the national Black Lives Matter at School steering committee and Director of the Art of Teaching, graduate teacher education program, at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the co-editor of Black Lives Matter at School.

Wayne Au is a Professor in the School of Educational Studies at the University of Washington Bothell. He is a long-time Rethinking Schools editor, co-editor of Teaching for Black Lives and author of A Marxist Education: Learning to Change the World.