Southwest Suburban Federation of Teachers

Southwest Suburban Federation of Teachers

AFT Local 943


Nov 20, 2018

In his final days as governor, Bruce Rauner's Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is trying to rush through a rule change that would increase unfair testing burdens on schools and target high school students who exercise their right to opt out of state standardized tests.

ISBE's continuing focus on standardized testing has exacerbated the inequities in Illinois' public schools, particularly in communities of color and high-poverty schools. The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced the failed No Child Left Behind (NCLB), was designed to address those inequities. It also gave students the right to opt out of unnecessary, wasteful standardized tests.

The proposed changes to Part 1.30 rules would deny them that right by forcing high school students to take a final standardized test to graduate. The changes would also make testing and the associated paperwork even more burdensome for schools.

The public comment period on the proposed changes is open through December 3.


Educators and parents understand that learning is much more than a test score.  Please send the ISBE that message TODAY!!!

*To be sure you get ISBE’s attention, it is important to describe your own thoughts and experiences

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