As Illinois students who are still learning English prepare to take,
for the first time, the same achievement tests given to all other
students, Chicago Public Schools chief Arne Duncan said Sunday he will
not use their scores to decide who gets promoted...Even with about 20 accommodations -- such as a teacher reading
scripted test questions or students using a bilingual glossary --
Duncan said the tests will make for a frustrating and difficult couple
of days for the students. "We'll have some zeros,'' Duncan said. "It's heart-breaking.''
Critics contend that making testing a family affair is yet another sign
of a nation that puts too much stock in standardized exams.But
parents say they're simply supporting their children's education. Some
believe it will help hone testing skills that will serve their kids for
Coonley, at 4046 N. Leavitt St., will become the school district's 10th regional gifted center in December.
Schools hope months of preparation and extra help from parents will
help nearly 1 million Illinois students score well as two weeks of
standardized testing begin Monday.
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