RYH testimony at Springfield PARCC Hearing 2/25/15

This is our written testimony. Because so many people were signed up to speak, we were asked to keep our spoken testimony to 1 minute each, so we had to pare down.

Re: Testimony to the Elementary and Secondary Education - School Curriculum and Policies Committee on the PARCC Assessment

Dear Legislators:

Anya Kamenetz, Author of the Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing, But You Don't Have To Be


Tue, 03/03/2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Evanston High School
1600 Dodge
United States

A dozen years after No Child Left Behind, our schools, districts, and states are being held accountable for weak, limited, and standardized measures of math and reading skills only. Standardized test scores are being used in an unprecedented way to decide the fates of states, districts, students, schools, teachers and principals. Tests and test prep are increasingly coming to define school for millions of students, with the most intense consequences falling on schools that serve the most vulnerable.


Evanston High School
1600 Dodge
United States

Top 10 Reasons Why Chicago needs an Elected School Board

Early voting has started for the February election!  Voters in 37 wards will have the chance to weigh in on whether Chicago should have an elected school board.  If you live in one of the following wards, you will be able to vote on this: Wards 1, 3-8, 10, 12, 14-17, 19-22, 24-37, 40, 45-47, 49, 50.

While this is a non-binding referendum, it will help to gauge public support for this measure in a very broad cross-section of the city. The law would have to be changed in Springfield to actually move to an elected board.

Standardized testing- Opt-out bill introduced in Springfield

We have an opportunity to make a difference at the state level around the issue of standardized testing and we need you! The concerns around excessive standardized testing extend beyond the negative effects on individual students to include the serious impact these tests have on the manner in which our schools are evaluated, judged, ranked and punished. Teaching to the test is not just an educational catch phrase. It has become a somber reality in our schools.

Action alert: Feds making decisions on important testing policies

As we mentioned in a recent email blast, Congress is discussing a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), now known as the Elementary and Secondary Education ACT (ESEA).

Why is this important? Despite what may have been good intentions, NCLB/ESEA has led to the overuse and misuse of testing that we see in CPS and around our country, narrowing of curriculum and a punitive instead of supportive culture in many of our schools.

What can you do?

Action Alert: call your US Senator/Congressperson

As we mentioned last week, No Child Left Behind (the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act or ESEA) is in the process of being rewritten. This is the law that requires annual yearly testing for every student in 3-8 that has been the catalyst for so much of the overuse and misuse of standardized testing in our schools. There is a US Senate hearing coming up on 1/21, and we need parents to call their US senators and representatives ASAP! 

Education questions to ask at Aldermanic Forums

There are so many new candidates runnning for alderman and we hope that you get out to some forums in your area and ask the important questions on public education! We put together a list of possible questions. Email us if you have other ideas: info@ilraiseyourhand.org

Education Related Questions

Our Ward’s Public Schools

What are the public schools in the our Ward? What are the needs of those schools?

What is a Local School Council or LSC?


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