NMPSPE Film Festival, Day XXX: Weekend at PARCC

There is such a disconnect between actual administration of PARCC testing and remarks by education officials like NM Public Education Department Secretary Hanna Skandera (example from New Jersey principal).  Somebody is propping up a dead body and it’s kinda of a two-step process.

  1. Skandera and other PARCC state (the ever-shrinking number of states sticking with the flawed, incompetently produced and rolled-out test) officials all follow that script lying about how smoothly everything is going;  and,
  2. Beleaguered testing coordinators and tech folks pretty much silently dealing with all the many flaws and incompetence in product, cowed into silence by silly and illegal oaths to not disparage the product.

Ted Kotcheff’s “Weekend at Bernie’s” (1989) is probably the single dumbest film I’m showing in this Festival (and it’s already included an Ed Wood movie), but a film in which two guys drag a dead guy around isn’t nearly as dumb as the ornate kabuki theater presentation surrounding the dead body known as PARCC.   My school’s testing coordinators don’t wear the “Miami Vice” late 80s attire here, but the dead body they are dragging around weighs far more.  It’s evidently going to be quite some time before the smooth-talking education official bullshit is finally replaced with the truth about how very poor quality of this assessment, both pedagogically and technologically so, for now, we’re all still just doing this:

I don’t which is less funny, this film or “real life” these days.

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