Diagnostic Testing -- New Model or Same Old Same Old?

Hidden underneath all the hullabaloo about the ISATs this year (and the SATs as well) is the news that CPS has embarked this year on an effort to bring a new, different kind of testing to Chicago schools -- diagnostic, three x year reading and math testing. 

Whether it's really something new, or just more of the same old same old remains to be seen.  Here's my article just out from Catalyst: Learning First part of the districts new strategy to improve teaching

"Last summer, when Chicago Public Schools staffer Patrick Haugh told a
group of administrators that the district planned to launch a new test,
administer it three times a year, and get scores back to schools within
two weeks, they laughed."

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