Join us for a series of community discussions on improving education and assessment policy in Chicago and Illinois.
Parents and Teachers Driving Testing Policy
- What are the best testing practices for our children?
- How can we make those practices a reality in our public schools?
Much of what happens in public schools today is driven by policies that say standardized test scores are the best, or even only, way to know how schools and students are succeeding. But we know that our children’s learning and development—not test scores—should guide what our schools and teachers do.
How can we get from “what is” to “what could be”? This series will connect and activate parents, teachers, students and stakeholders. We will make concrete plans for collective action to improve assessment practices and policies.
In future sessions we hope to cover: early childhood education, high school admissions, teacher evaluations, school ratings and English-language learners—with a focus on best practices in assessment.
Session 1: Assessing special education students
Students with disabilities are provided with individualized education programs. But our accountability system is based on one-size-fits-all standardized tests. How does this affect special education students specifically?