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Testing Our Schools
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Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

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President Bush’s proposal for mandatory public school testing in grades three through eight signals the beginning of a new era in public education, one marked by increased federal involvement in schools and an unprecedented expansion in the role of tests. A business school graduate and self-styled “CEO President,” Bush envisions a business model where educators set objectives, measure performance, and hold students and teachers accountable for results. But will the business model work in education? With reports from Virginia, California, and Massachusetts, FRONTLINE correspondent John Merrow examines how the quest for higher scores is changing teaching and learning in America.



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Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Testing Our Schools,” 03/28/2002, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 25, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_284EE59E31F94765B971FFC526549912.
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