Chicago Public School parents to pass petitions to limit CPS testing

Press Alert February 4, 2013


  • Mark Sheridan parent Jennie Biggs: 312-485-1192
  • Kenwood/Ray parent Joy Clendenning: 773-647-8489
  • Pritzker parents Wesley Kimler and Rachel Lessem: 617-230-4048

Chicago Public School parents to pass petitions to limit CPS testing

 Joining National Day of Action to Support Seattle MAP Test Boycott

Who: Parents of Chicago public school children, members of new parent, teacher, student and community coalition, “More Than a Score.” At the time of this press alert, there are parents at 34 Chicago Public Schools participating (see map).

What: Petitions will be passed at several Chicago Public Schools, asking CPS and the Chicago Board of Education to limit standardized testing and provide more transparency about the cost, amount and stakes of the 22 tests now being used in the district. We intend to present these petitions to the Board in the near future.

When/Where: Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at the times and locations listed below:

7:40 - 8 a.m. and 2:20 – 3pm. Jennie Biggs (312-485-1192) Mark Sheridan Academy, 533 W. 27th Street

7:30 am Joy Clendenning (773-647-8489)  Kenwood Academy, 5015 S Blackstone Ave 60615;  8:15 am Ray Elementary, 5631 S. Kimbark 60637

8:10 am Rhoda Rae Gutierrez (773-213-3064) Coonley Elementary School, 4646 N Leavitt

2:30 – 3:30 pm Sarah Simmons (773-573-9100)  Talcott Elementary School, 1841 W. Ohio.

3:45 pm Wesley Kimler and Rachel Lessem (617-230-4048) Pritzker Elementary School, 2009 W Schiller St. 60622

Why: The petition was written by parents and others frustrated with the scale, expense, and consequences of the testing regime in CPS. We do not feel as though the CPS administration is currently addressing our concerns. We hope our campaign is a wake-up call to the Board of Education and the leadership of the Chicago Public Schools that parents, students. teachers and community members will no longer accept the status quo of high stakes testing currently in use in Chicago.

We also stand in solidarity with the Garfield High School teachers in Seattle and all teachers in Seattle Public Schools who are refusing to administer the MAP test. These teachers have gained national attention and support for their stand against the Measure of Academic Progress, for its invalidity, waste of time and resources and its scandalous arrival to Seattle.

February 6 is the National Day of Action to Support Seattle MAP Test Boycott.



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