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AM News: Chicago Students Boycott State Test Held on ACT Date

Chicago Public School Students Plan to Boycott State Test WBEZ91.5: They said it’s unfair to judge whether their schools are good or not based on one test. (Chicago Public Schools uses a complicated formula to judge performance, but more than half of the possible points are based on parts of the PSAE) Two student-led groups, Voices of Youth in Chicago Education and Chicago Students Organizing to Save Our Schools, called on their classmates to walk out of the second day of testing for the Prairie State Achievement Exam, or PSAE, Wednesday. Students take the ACT during the first day and many don’t want to jeopardize their chances at college.

AMNewsNew STAAR test standards guarantee some Texas special education students will fail DallasNews: Spring is the stressful STAAR testing season across Texas, but special education teachers and students carry extra challenges and responsibilities. This year, for the first time, students who are able to complete only the simplest tasks on the test will no longer pass. State officials say the standard is a way to challenge a population that was too often warehoused. Many teachers say the rule unfairly stigmatizes some students while penalizing schools, school districts and individual teachers.

House GOP Lawmakers Want More Information on NCLB Waivers  PoliticsK12: So far, 34 states and the District of Columbia have been approved for flexibility from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act, with only a smattering of formal oversight from Congress (mostly in the form of this bipartisan hearing in the Senate education committee and this letter from House Democrats). Now Republicans on the House Education and the Workforce Committee—who haven't yet held a waiver hearing—have some questions about waiver implementation, many of which pinpoint the political and policy challenges inherent in the waivers.

A Presidential Pat for Young Scientists NYT: Praising the work of young scientists and inventors at the third White House Science FairPresident Obama on Monday announced a broad plan to create and expand federal and private-sector initiatives designed to encourage children to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

American Teens Doing Better On Science Tests Than Public Realizes: Pew Research Center Survey AP: American teenagers aren't doing as poorly on international science tests as adults think. Despite the misconception, people don't think the subject should get greater emphasis in schools, a survey released Monday found. More Americans than not wrongly think that U.S. 15-year-olds rank near the bottom on international science tests, according to a Pew Research Center for the People and the Press poll. U.S. students actually rank in the middle among developed countries.

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Standardized test doesn’t determine what a student learns. Every student learns different. Some students can teach themselves and others may need little more help. Tests aren’t everyone strength you can know the material and still not do well on test. Maybe they should come up with course teach students how to prepare for test and how to study. At times I feel as though some test are set up for failure if you give the same test five times and everyone fail that should tell you something. You shouldn’t put all the blame on the teachers and student for them failing its others in higher positions play role in students failing.

I am on the fence about this one. Even though i am not a supporter of standardized testing, i will say it does test your ability on general subject knowledge. I think it's up to the student to learn on their own while at home, instead of doing other unproductive things. So i can't say that these tests are ruining students because, as students, we have the chance to study the material at our own will.

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