New Illinois State Superintendent Wants to Study if Standardized Tests Are Working

New Illinois State Superintendent Wants to Study if Standardized Tests Are Working

ILLINOIS (IRN) — School kids in Illinois take a standardized test, officially called an assessment, every year from kindergarten to high school graduation.

New Illinois State Superintendent of Schools Carmen Ayala is asking lawmakers for $3 million to study those tests to see if they’re helping.

“It’s believed that the current system does not provide for a measurement of growth from kindergarten through the 12th grade,” Ayala told lawmakers Tuesday. “Due to the differentiated testing that is administered by the particular grade span.”

Testing is a big deal in Illinois schools.

“Currently, approximately $100 million is expended on an annual basis on the state of Illinois on student assessments. Which is the sum of state, federal, and local expenditures,” Ayala said. “Districts currently spend local funds on student assessments to obtain assessment results that will inform instruction throughout the school year.”

The state just changed the assessment for elementary and middle school students. The Illinois State Board of Education in February announced the PARCC test would be renamed and shortened.

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