Chicago Public Schools switching test for elite schools

Matthew Zalaznick's picture
Thursday, February 6, 2014

Every year, getting into Chicago's most competitive public high schools is a gut-wrenching, high-stakes process for many students and their parents.

This year, some parents say Chicago Public Schools has added an extra degree of anxiety by changing the assessment test district students will be taking to determine their eligibility for highly competitive, selective-enrollment schools.

CPS confirmed Tuesday that the Northwest Evaluation Association's Measures of Academic Progress (NWEA MAP) test would be required for selective-enrollment high schools, rather than the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) that has been used in the past.

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