The goal is to start a conversation about standardized testing in schools.

The goal is to start a conversation about standardized testing in schools.

On Tuesday, the Rochester Education Foundation announced a community read event later this month.

Harvard University's Daniel Koretz will come to Rochester to discuss his book, "The Testing Charade: Pretending to Make Schools Better."

The book looks at how the misuse of standardized tests can have a harmful impact on students, teachers and schools.

"He says standardized tests have their place, but it should be a small place and then what he is arguing for is we need to decide and have real community discussions about what we want students to learn in schools," stated Professor David Hursh, University of Rochester.

"I've talked to my daughter about it and she's like, 'well why would the teacher ever teach something that's not on the test?' And that's something Koretz talks about in his book," added Vicki Roberston, parent."Tests are only a sample of the knowledge kids are supposed to be learning."

Koretz will discuss his book on Sept. 27 at the Temple B'rith Kodesh from 5:15 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, but you have to register.

To register, participants must call 585-546-2681.