Change in test scores allowed from private schools for SEHS
Ok, this is going to be a lot of “I heard” and “my understanding is” because I don’t know exactly what has gone down or why this bubbled to the surface lately. But…
My understanding is that some Chicago private schools have been administering their 7th grade standardized test (most privates do not use the ISATs) twice during the same year to students. The school then allowed the student to submit the higher test score to CPS for their selective enrollment calculation. I believe the tests were spaces several months apart, possibly one in Fall and one in Spring.
Private school kids have also always been allowed to take the ISAT and submit those scores if they’re preferable (the ISAT having a reputation as being easier than the private school tests, although anecdotely I know someone who score better on the private test.)
In any case, this past week, CPS decided to limit these schools from allowing kids to submit the higher of the test scores and CPS has contacted the schools to let them know that current 7th graders (and I assume 5th graders for AC?) would be allowed to submit only one score, and it would be one that CPS determined. I keep hearing different things, but most recently heard that it would be the Fall test (first test taken?) So a student who thought they had until Spring to prepare has now learned that they will be “stuck” with a test already taken, potentially as practice/warm-up.
Again, I could be wrong about which test they can submit, as I hear different things. In addition, I’ve heard that it *may* also affect current 8th graders, but that isn’t confirmed (actually none of this is “confirmed” but rather told to me by parents.)
Similarly, CPS students don’t know as of now, which 7th/5th grade test scores will be used next year.
It’s a tough situation. It seems to make sense that OAE has cracked down, but a drag if you have a kid caught in the 7th grade (maybe 8th grade?) class when the change was made. I suppose in fairness, once the public school test is announced, then everyone can take that, including private school kids, and they’ll all be on a level playing field.
What do you think? Was it fair to the private school 7th graders to change the rules on them at this point? Or was it just a given that taking the same test twice shouldn’t be allowed and therefore the timing doesn’t matter?
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