Documentary reveals bias in algorithms related to teacher evaluations

Daniel Santos

A documentary premiering on PBS this month unfolds the story of Houston Federation of Teachers member Daniel Santos against a biased and faulty teacher evaluation system. 

Coded Bias outlines how a MIT media-lab researcher discovers that most facial-recognition software does not accurately identify darker-skinned faces and the faces of women. Her investigation ultimately reveals widespread bias in algorithms used in business, education, and law enforcement. You can watch the film online beginning March 22 on PBS’s Independent Lens showcase.