CPS elementary students take over 100 standardized tests

Some of the tests administered to elementary school students and high school students are listed on the CPS website:

The reality is that testing varies by area. For example, on the website the 9th grade EXPLORE test is listed as required in the fall. However, some schools are required (and others are not) to administer the test three times in the year.

Likewise, many elementary schools required to administer Scantron Performance Series tests to 2nd through 8th grades multiple times a year, as the list on elementary school testing suggests, are also required to administer additional tests. That is not listed.

Some schools must "progress monitor" (test every two weeks) primary grade students who do not meet "benchmarks" on DIBELS and mClass math tests. That is also not listed on the schedules.

The CPS website is incomplete, however, still impressive in the amount of tests shown on the schedule.

The CTU Testing Committee analyzed the amount of testing in the schools last year. For an elementary school student (who is not an English Language Learner) in a school that is not getting additional testing the schedule includes AT LEAST 100 tests.

See our document that lays out, grade by grade, what one student might face:


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