FY12 Budget

Stop the Incessant Assessments!

In many CPS schools, students are given 7-9, 3 hour standardized assessments per year. That means students are taking standardized assessments about every 2-3 weeks, and this doesn't include midterms and finals. The students get burned out (anybody would!), and rarely do they take these assessments seriously, yet schools are held accountable for whether the scores are improving. These standardized assessments cost thousands of dollars and take away from instructional time, but have little validity because students are just not taking them seriously. Our kids are not robots, they are intellectual and curious young adults hungry for enrichment and experience. Why not invest in enrichment programs or technology rather than dumping CPS funds into incessant assessments?

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