More opt-outs of testing, this time at a school in Chicago where 300 parents have opted their children out. In an article from Catalyst Chicago, one superintendent sent a letter to parents telling them why they shouldn't opt their children out. One interesting note - they use the MAP test for screening AL but they have a much lower threshold than SPS.
The letter also for the first time makes clear that the NWEA/MAP will
be used to determine who can sit for the selective enrollment test, but
it sets the bar low. The current policy limits the selective test to
those students who ranked in the 50th percentile or above on the
nationally normed section of the ISAT.
Now, according to the letter, students scoring above the 24th
percentile on the NWEA/MAP will be eligible to test for selective
enrollment high schools. Sharkey said the new standard is low because
district officials are concerned about a lot of students doing poorly.
“These new Common Core assessments are brutal,” he said.
That might be the case in the future for SPS and its use of MAP as an AL screening tool.
Another good article from The Nation on opting out, Turn On, Tune In, Opt Out.
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