Parents and activists have complained about the time spent on standardized tests as well as the format of the new PARCC. CPS now says it will test only 10 percent of schools.
As they continue to push state education officials to ask the federal government for a waiver to delay a new standardized test scheduled to be given next year, parent advocates announced Friday they also want the state legislature to pass a bill allowing parents to opt their child out of the exam.
During a panel discussion with a group of teachers from a broad range of Chicago schools, the overuse of standardized testing during class time and the detrimental impact on student learning emerged as a major topic.
Chicago Public Schools data shows many schools administer more tests than they are required to, cutting into instructional time.