Life without ISAT
January 31, 2014 at 10:32 am
I’m headed out of town for the weekend and don’t have time to write anything, but here is the long awaited news from OAE about the shift in testing as part of the 900 point rubric.
Will we see a big shift in in the % of private school kids who get in?
Will there be more MAP test prep in schools?
Will the test prep companies be ready to help kids get ready?
Inquiring minds want to know…
CPS to use NWEA MAP Exam for Standardized Testing
Historically, the qualifying standardized testing assessment used by Chicago Public Schools to qualify for Selective Enrollment and other specialty programs has been the ISAT. Starting this year, the standardized testing assessment utilized by the Chicago Public Schools will be the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) MAP exam.
Students will be administered this test in spring 2014, and the scores from this test will be used by the Office of Access and Enrollment in the selection process for Selective Enrollment High Schools, IB High Schools, Magnet High Schools, and Military Academies for students applying this fall to enter ninth grade in August 2015.
The rubric for the Selective Enrollment process, which can be accessed here
, will remain the same. The scores from the NWEA will simply replace the scores from the ISAT. In line with the new promotion policy, students will need a minimum score of 24% in reading and math to qualify to apply to these programs.
For non-CPS/non-charter students who do not take the NWEA, scores will be accepted from one of the tests listed below:
Terra Nova 3 (2011)
Woodcock Johnson Achievement Test 3
Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS)
Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT 3)
Look for the letter from the Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Barbara Byrd-Bennett, to parents, school principals, and counselors to read more about the importance of making the NWEA MAP a priority for your family.
Please note: This change does not affect current eighth grade students. This year’s selections will be performed using the ISAT data from students’ seventh grade year.
If you have questions, please call 773-553-2060.
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