This resolution was adopted by the CTU House of Delegates at its May 4, 2022 meeting.
The Illinois House passed two bills this week of key importance to CTU members: HB 1167: COVID Administrative Days and HB 5285: Too Young to Test.
A struggle that brewed in CTU committees over testing for English Learners turned into a victory for students all across the state, as ISBE pushes back the testing window leaving time for a federal testing waiver under the new Biden administration.
Let Illinois Superintendent of Education Carmen Ayala know that you want her to advocate for a full ESSA assessment waiver.
CPS is planning to give the SAT and PSAT exams in person this fall, starting with the September 23 administration. Once again they have missed the mark. Our predominantly Black and Latinx students and their families are facing many economic, social, health, and emotional challenges in this moment. Yet, CPS is still requiring Seniors to take the SAT before they graduate.
It’s clear why teachers across the country have gone on strike after strike after strike, and that’s to save one of our country’s hallmark institutions: public education. The way forward is to invest in public education.
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is considering changes to the state assessment system. Despite ISBE’s intent to make positive changes to assessment, the proposed changes would expand testing. They’re taking input from educators now. Make your voice heard!
ISBE is trying to rush through a rule change that would increase unfair testing burdens on schools and target high school students who exercise their right to opt out of state standardized tests.