Before making the film Defies Measurement, Shannon Puckett
taught at Alameda’s Chipman Middle School for five years. The
school’s story is central to the film’s depiction of how
high-stakes testing is negatively impacting public schools.
Garfield High School teachers boycott administration of
SEATTLE’S GARFIELD HIGH School teachers made the momentous
decision in January to refuse to administer the state-mandated
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test — and it began with a
discussion in the teachers’ lounge.