A couple of school districts understand assessments of kindergartners encourages better instruction and guidance for teachers and parents, but they are also defending their waiver request from state mandated evaluations.
During a Senate Education Committee hearing Wednesday in Chicago, Ray Lechner from Wilmette School District 39 said the one-size-fits-all mandated assessment doesn't work.
Lechner says the Illinois State Board of Education is in the process of changing the state’s assessment, which makes the issue even more frustrating for school districts.
A spokesperson from ISBE was not immediately available for comment.
Meanwhile, Glencoe’s school district requested a waiver from the assessment for up to year 2020. A resolution denying waiver requests could be brought out next week when the General Assembly meets in Springfield.