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High Stakes Testing


Position Paper: Standardized Testing

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has released a position paper on the increasing reliance on standardized test scores in measuring teacher effectiveness and school improvement as part of its “Pencils Down” campaign against high-stakes testing in schools. The paper, titled Debunking the Myths of Standardized Testing, discusses the history and advancement of the high-stakes testing movement and provides evidence against its effectiveness despite being staple of corporate education reform.

Other Resources

Opt-out letter

The More Than a Score coalition has provided instructions and a form letter for parents to request their children not participate in high stakes testing in school.


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Chicago Teachers Union