ORLANDO.FLA. - Orange County school board member Rick Roach has been serving the district for 16 years. For the last two years, he has been openly critical of the Dept. of Education's standardized testing program.
Roach is featured in a new documentary produced by Pennsylvania based Rockfish Productions that is set to debut January 25 at Howard Middle School auditorium.
"I think it's an education piece," Roach says, "It's what I've been trying to do for two years person by person to make them what I call assessment literate."
After some haggling over costs and admission fees Roach and the film's producer Dan Hornberger, agreed Friday to a flat fee of $500 that will, according to Roach, be paid by private groups to "be named later."
One of his most compelling issues Roach addresses in the documentary is what he calls the "traps" of the test.
"Before the pencil touches the bubble on a standardized test," he says, we know that 35 to 45 percent of those kids are gonna fail that test."
Hornberger, a veteran high school English Teacher with 26 years in the classroom says the film raises an important dialogue.
"The Florida parents who send their children to public schools need to see this film," Hornberger said.
Deirdre Macnab president of Florida's League of Women Voters says standardized testing is needed and while she welcomes debate she feels the need for core testing is something that is needed to measure every student by the same standard.
The screening will run from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Roach is hoping to have post film discussion to review the standardized testing issues.
Howard Middle School is located on Robinson and Summerlin. Admission will be free.