The state board of education is dropping the writing portion of the ISAT, which costs roughly $2.4 million and is not required by federal law. Do you care?
Illinois cancels the state's last writing exam Tribune: Gov. Pat Quinn signed the belt-tightening move into law last week as part of the state's spending plan. The writing assessments for elementary and middle school students already had been dropped last year.
Illinois Drops Writing from Exam Fox: Cutting the writing exams will save about $2.4 million amid the state's budgetary shortfalls. Writing tests for elementary and middle school students were dropped last year.
Illinois drops writing from standardized exam WBEZ: Writing skills will no longer be tested during the state's standardized exams for high school juniors every spring.
It makes sense to me to drop this portion, even though I liked having it there. Other states are doing the same. I've always had questions about the rubrics and personnel used to rate the written responses, anyway -- especially after reading Todd Farley's Making The Grades, a book about the test scoring industry.