Catholic officials object to Chicago's testing for top public high schools

Friday, March 21, 2014

A change in the standardized test that Chicago Public Schools is requiring for entry to selective enrollment high schools puts Catholic School students at a distinct disadvantage, according to a letter the superintendent of the city’s Catholic Schools sent to the district and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Last month, CPS officials informed parents that the Northwest Evaluation Association's Measures of Academic Progress taken by seventh graders this spring would be used for admissions at the city’s best campuses for the 2015-2016 school year. Previously, results of the Illinois Standards Achievement Test was used for that purpose for CPS students.

Many district parents were furious at the switch in tests for selective enrollment schools. Among their objections was that their kids would be at a disadvantage because private school students who were applying to CPS selective enrollment schools would be allowed to take the same test from previous years.

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