Worries in Ill. Over New Standardized Test Rules

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

More stringent passing requirements for standardized tests have Tri-Cities education officials worried schools with traditionally high marks will soon be considered failing, while also trying to plan for the fallout from parents.

When elementary and middle school students across the region take the Illinois Standards Achievement Test next month, many more are expected to score far below previous years' scores because of a shift in how they'll be evaluated. The Illinois State Board is rolling out new passing requirements designed to target college and career readiness, rather than just requiring students perform at grade level.

But local school administrators aren't sure if the new standards will be judged under old criteria — namely, Adequate Yearly Progress as part of No Child Left Behind.

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