Jeni Nudell started this school year like most others, focusing
on setting up her classroom, getting to know her students, and
administering the California English Development Test to her
students at the Rosa Parks Learning Center in the San Fernando
The Every Student Succeeds Act isn’t high on her radar. The new
federal law to replace the one-size-fits-all testing fixation of
the Bush administration’s No Child Left Behind Act doesn’t take
effect until next school year.
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.
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.