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The Fear of Opting Out

Claire Wapole | Posted 05.19.2014 | Chicago
Claire Wapole

With all the evidence supporting the uselessness of the ISAT, why did some parents still insist their kids take it? Even after being presented with the facts surrounding ISATs, some still felt that opting kids out was a really bad idea. Why were so many parents adamant that their kids take the ISAT?

What It Means to Love Your Students

Dave Stieber | Posted 05.07.2014 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

We teachers teach, because we love the kids we work with. Yes, we may complain about the kids at times, but they are the reason we stay late, bring work home, and get up early.

Here's What Happens When Teachers Are Spoken To Like School Kids

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics

A bizarre video of Chicago public school teachers seemingly being addressed as though they were young children in a professional development training ...

IFT Members Stand With Saucedo Test Boycotters

Dan Montgomery | Posted 04.30.2014 | Chicago
Dan Montgomery

Facing the threat of termination, more than 40 teachers at Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy in Chicago have organized an act of civil disobedience against the standardized testing madness. These brave teachers are taking a stand for their students, and the IFT stands with them.

Don't Sit for the ISAT

Matt Farmer | Posted 04.29.2014 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

When I learned Tuesday that teachers at a school in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood had voted unanimously to refuse to administer the ISAT to their students, I was surprised. I was surprised that the members of the Saucedo faculty were courageous enough to put their jobs on the line.

Illinois Schools Drop Writing Section From This Year's ACT Test, Forcing Some Students To Re-Take

Posted 01.11.2012 | Chicago

Illinois educators are warning high school juniors that the decision earlier this year to cut the writing portion from the ACT exams administered in p...

33 Schools Under Investigation After 'Test Irregularities' On State Exam

Posted 12.26.2011 | Chicago

The Illinois State Board of Education is launching an investigation into 33 Illinois schools, including nine in Chicago, whose Illinois Standards Achi...

State Drops Writing From Standardized Tests, Worrying Educators

Posted 09.05.2011 | Chicago

The state of Illinois will no longer test its high schoolers on their writing skills, in a move that is designed to cut costs but leads some educators...

A View From the Cot

Matt Farmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

During third period your mind wanders. You wonder if you're the only kid in your class who is living in a homeless shelter.

Tougher Tests Just the First Step to Improving Chicago Schools

Lorraine Forte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

Transform every school into a charter and you'll still have to solve the equation: How to educate students, especially students who often face troubled home lives and come to school woefully unprepared to learn.

Education in Chicago: Chicago Public Schools Have Improved? Baloney!

Bill Sweetland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Bill Sweetland

Nothing that Paul Vallas, Mayor Daley or Arne Duncan did in the last 15 years has had any significant effect on the number of CPS students who can read, write and do basic math acceptably. It's all an illusion.