Today's news includes reports on ISBE's investigation into testing irregularities -- a handful of self-reported incidents and a massive look at 2011 answer sheets ISBE has taken in response to cheating scandals in other states. There's also coverage of the longer day debate.
State investigating ‘test irregularities’ at 33 public schools Sun Times: The Illinois State Board of Education is looking into whether disciplinary action should be taken because of “test irregularities” found in 33 Illinois public schools, including nine in Chicago.
State investigates 'irregularities' on ISAT tests WBEZ: The state says “testing irregularities” occurred last spring at seven Illinois elementary schools when students took state standardized ISAT tests.
Parents want their say in debate over longer school day WBEZ: Caroline Bilicki, president of the PTA at Disney II Magnet Elementary, said her school should be a model for Chicago's system-wide effort to move to a longer day.
New teacher evaluation takes step forward Catalyst: That will not apply in Chicago, though, where the district will be able to implement the last offer it gives the Chicago Teachers Union even if the union doesn’t agree to it.
Garfield Park meeting rife with longer-day concerns Catalyst: About 20 people showed up to the forum, held at Bethel Lutheran Church and sponsored by Progressive Action Coalition for Education, the Lawndale Alliance, the Black Star Project and Raise Your Hand.
New teacher evaluation overlooks special ed students Catalyst: As state officials prepare to roll out a new teacher evaluation that is partially tied to student test scores, a leading advocate wants them to “think long and hard” to avoid adopting a process that inadvertently harms special education students.
Illinois pension system: 2 teachers union lobbyists used loophole for fat pensions Tribune: Steven Preckwinkle, the political director for the Illinois Federation of Teachers, and fellow union lobbyist David Piccioli were the only people who took advantage of a small window opened by lawmakers a few months earlier.