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Ethan Hutt: Equity, Schools and Testing

The challenge of the American school 'system'

Date of Lecture: March 2, 2016

Ethan HuttAbout the Speaker: Education historian Ethan Hutt is assistant professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership at the University of Maryland - College Park. His current book project, "The Least They Can Do: A History of Minimum Standards in American Education," focuses on three specific historical cases of standard setting: compulsory school law litigation in the late 19th century; the creation, adoption, and diffusion of the GED in the 1940s; and minimum competency testing in the 1970s.

About the Talk: Hutt talks about the standard assessments for K-12 schools internationally and nationally and how they are used to make flawed comparisons and generalizations. He traces the history of educational assessment to show it wasn't always this way.

The talk was co-sponsored by the Education Department and the McFarland Center.

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