Chicago Board of Education and Chicago Public Schools: End the overuse and misuse of high stakes standardized testing
  • Petitioned Barbara Byrd-Bennett

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CEO, Chicago Public Schools
Barbara Byrd-Bennett
President, Chicago Board of Education
David Vitale

Chicago Board of Education and Chicago Public Schools: End the overuse and misuse of high stakes standardized testing

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      More Than A Score

Our schools spend too much time, money, and energy on standardized testing and use the results to justify high-stakes decisions on school closings, teacher evaluation, and student promotion. The misuse and overuse of standardized testing is undermining educational quality (“teaching to the test”), quantity (multiple weeks per school year devoted to testing), and equity.

We are particularly concerned about the harmful impact of standardized testing on the education of low-income students, children of color, English-language learners, and special education students. Students, teachers, and schools should be assessed using multiple methods to capture a full picture of learning process and outcomes (e.g. portfolios, performances, observation).

We call on the Chicago Board of Education and the leadership of Chicago Public Schools to:
● Eliminate standardized testing for children from preschool to 2nd grade and greatly reduce it for 3rd grade and above.
● End the use of standardized testing data to evaluate students and educators and to close schools.
● Fully disclose the cost, schedule, nature, and purpose of all standardized tests.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Maureen Kelleher CHICAGO, IL
      • 8 months ago

      My son will enter kindergarten in the fall. I am very leery of enrolling him in the Chicago Public Schools unless the district eliminates standardized testing for grades K-2. It is unnecessary and inappropriate. There are far more useful and effective means to assess student progress and guide instruction.

    • Max Hammond CHICAGO, IL
      • 9 months ago

      Enough with the testing. Just worry about teaching our kids.

    • Katie Gruber CHICAGO, IL
      • 9 months ago

      this over-emphasis on testing is taking the focus away from where it needs to be: working on the basics in the classroom and making learning fun

    • Cynthia Horth CHICAGO, IL
      • 9 months ago

      I don't want the elementary school to be ONLY based on success and evaluation. This way of thinking pushes Principals to take wrong decision that impact our kids quality of life, increases stress, competition etc. that we directly lead our children to hate school all together!

    • laura shaeffer CHICAGO, IL
      • 9 months ago

      Because I believe these tests take all creativity away from the profession of teaching and are a waste of time for our children, robbing them of deep, meaningful learning time. I also question how these tests are being used. these tests are used.


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