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Parents of CPS students speak out against ISAT

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Dozens of CPS student's parents said that the standardized test called the ISAT is a waste of time.

"As a parent I believe I have the right to guide the education of my son," said Wendy Katten, a parent of a CPS student.

Third through eighth graders are supposed to start taking the test Tuesday. Parents of these children filed a complaint Monday afternoon with the ACLU in an attempt to block the test booklets from being given to their children.

"What we're seeing now, the intimidation and the pressure on parents who want to opt out their child is ridiculous and strong," said Rosemary Vagas, another parent of a CPS student.

"It's a low stakes test that has no bearing on his school grades, his promotion and basically anything that ever happens in his life," said Katten.

Parents said that learning and not testing should be what happens in all CPS classrooms. Instead of taking the ISAT over a ten-day period.

The Chicago Teachers Union agrees.

"It's a test that won't be used to measure a student's growth--it doesn't measure student performance, it doesn't affect the performance of the school---school funding---teacher achievement and I mean really frankly, it's a test which has been thoroughly replaced by a new test called the NWEA MAP," said Vice President of the Chicago Teachers Union Jesse Sharkey.

CPS students will take the new standardized test in April.

"The ISAT is a state requirement and it's a federal requirement under the No Child Left Behind Act," said John Barker of CPS. "Parents are critical parents with us, with our educational efforts and what we want to do is make recognize that parents do have choices."

CPS said that they want to work with parents. Also, if parents don't want their children taking the ISAT, they don't have too, and no one will be disciplined.

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