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ISAT testing week begins, CPS teachers may boycott

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

It's going to be a long week for students in Chicago Public Schools. The state-mandated Illinois Standard Achievement Test week begins Monday for most students.

But two schools have decided not to administer the test, boycotting a state law that's used to determine compliance with the federal "No Child Left Behind" law.

Those schools are Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy on the West Side and Thomas Drummond Elementary (Drummond Montessori) in Bucktown.

Teachers said they are refusing to administer the ISAT because they feel the time would be better spent learning, rather than giving a test they say will be meaningless. CPS is switching to a different standardized test next year.

Mayor Emanuel is backing CPS Chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett in the standardized testing showdown. She says the test does have value, as a tool to measure a first look at students' progress during the current school year.

CPS officials are threatening to take disciplinary action against any teacher who encourages a student to not take the test. Their state teaching certifications may be revoked.

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