11/29 Culture of Testing Forum Wrap-Up

Thanks to everyone who came out on Thursday night to our forum.  There was a lot to tackle and our main goal was to start a more public and open discussion about the amount/utility and impact of standardized testing in our schools. Thanks to Tim Furman for recording the event.  You can watch parts of it here:

http://www.schooltechconnect.com/

The Washington Post covered it via Tim’s blog:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2012/11/30/my-kindergartener-had-14-tests-this-year/?wprss=rss_education

Catalyst covered it here:

http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/notebook/2012/11/30/20667/parents-teachers-air-testing-concerns-forum

One thing to note is that there seems to big differences in the amount of testing and also the emphasis on the importance of testing and use of test prep in our district. There are three mandatory assessments at CPS – REACH (given 3x a year) NWEA (given 2x mandatory and 1x optional) and the ISAT. But there are other optional assessments and schools use these to varying degrees. Principals and LSCs should be able to tell you which standardized tests are being used at your school.

We will be posting handouts for the forum on our website this week and we plan to have at least two more community forums on this topic this school year.