Refusing the tests this year is just the first step in pushing for larger changes in how standardized testing is used in public schools. Schools, teachers and children are more than a score!
The pandemic has made it clear how important engaging learning experiences, physical activity, social interaction and mental/emotional health are to our children's educational environment. It's also highlighted problems with our assessment and accountability system in Illinois and how those assessments are used.
We need to urge our policymakers at the state and local level to do a soup-to-nuts rethinking of how we assess and how we use assessment data in Illinois, so that it provides far more useful and actionable information to Illinois families and Illinois schools.
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