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  • Students protesting outside of Wells High School during the teachers’ strike in September

Parents of Chicago Public Schools students passed petitions today outside 37 schools, calling for CPS to drastically reduce its reliance on standardized tests. The parents, members of a coalition called More Than a Score, also want CPS to fully disclose the cost and purpose of the 22 tests currently administered in the district.

The Chicago Teachers Union, one of four organizations in the More Than a Score coalition, published a paper Monday decrying the “dramatic shift” toward standardized tests in the last 20 years, “led not by educators but the business sector” and “without evidence connecting it to real learning.”

The local opposition to standardized testing has been energized by a teacher boycott of a test in Seattle. On January 10, teachers at Seattle’s Garfield High School announced that they wouldn’t administer the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test to ninth graders.