Hundreds of Chicago students boycott standardized tests

North Carolina lawmakers may be moving to put more stock than ever in high-stakes, standardized testing, but around the country, the momentum is growing to de-emphasize the tests.

As reported yesterday at the website Common Dreams, hundreds of Chicago students are even taking things to the next level by organizing a boycott of the doggone things:

“Over 300 students from over 25 different Chicago public schools boycotted the second day of a state-wide standardized test.

Ahead of a school board meeting, at which the demonstrators were banned from speaking, the students rallied outside the district headquarters carrying placards and forming a human chain.

‘We’re just trying to make a statement that tests should not determine our future or the future of our schools,’ said student organizer Alexssa Moore, a senior at Lindblom High School.

Brian Sturgis, senior at Paul Robesan High School and boycott organizer with the group Chicago Students Organizing to Save Our Schools (CSOSOS), declared in an op-ed ‘We are Chicago students and we are here to save our schools!’

Hundreds of Chicago students are taking up the mantle in the fight against the role of standardized tests in public school closures as they walked out of state exam Wednesday. Their message: ‘We are over-tested, under-resourced and fed up!’”

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