Debate over state standardized test wages on; Teachers vow to protest

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The debate over standardized tests in Chicago Public Schools continues

Some teachers at Saucedo Elementary and elsewhere are refusing to administer the ISATS.

CPS and Mayor Emanuel are threatening to discipline them for insubordination.

The 8-day exams being given tomorrow are required under the No Child Left Behind Law.

But next year ISATS will be replaced by two new standardized tests, so protesters argue the results are pointless and waste classroom time.

CPS released a statement tonight saying “Chicago Public Schools is administering the Illinois Standard Achievement Test (ISAT) to students in accordance with state and federal law. The Illinois State Board of Education requires school districts to distribute the exam to all students in grades 3 through 8 to give them the opportunity to participate. The District is working with principals and teachers to ensure that students who are taking the ISAT are able to do so in a quiet environment that is free from distraction.”

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