Two schools boycott the Illinois standardized test

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Teachers at two Chicago Public Schools are  boycotting the state standardized test.

Staff at Drummond Montessori in Bucktown and Saucedo Scholastic Academy in Little Village said standardized testing wastes valuable instruction time, and that CPS is not using it for grade promotions. CPS is replacing the test next school year.

Saucedo teachers said they have several hundred signatures from parents that don’t want their child to take ISAT.

Chicago Public School CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett threatened to discipline teachers who don’t administer the test. Bennett said those teachers could have their teaching licenses revoked for insubordination. One teacher at Saucedo  said that’s bullying.

“We have a strong group that is boycotting this test,” said Sarah Chambers.  “We know what is right, we know that this test is unjust, and we are going to stay strong.”

The teacher’s union said it supports the teachers but is taking CPS’s threats seriously.

The state requires the test under the federal “No Child Left Behind Act” and for the district to receive federal funding.


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