AN UPDATE FROM THE FILM TEAM
Who could have predicted that a major college admissions scandal and an unprecedented pandemic would skyrocket the issue of standardized testing to front and center, 2021? The conversations around the impact of these tests are as timely as ever.
Our film provides the historical context as vital fulcrum to re-examine the reliance on and investment in these tests, as well as a prism into American education more broadly.
Each year more than 3 million high school students take the SAT or ACT, the college entrance exams required by most four-year colleges in the United States. For decades, however, there have been questions about exactly what these tests measure, what role they play in the admissions process and how predictive they are of academic success. In the new documentary feature "THE TEST & THE ART OF THINKING", filmmaker Michael Arlen Davis examines this controversy through interviews with students, parents, counselors, test-prep professionals and academics, to provide a fascinating look at this uniquely American rite of passage and how it reflects deeper issues in our educational system — and our society as a whole.