Chicago Public Radio reports that scores on standardized tests for elementary school students in Chicago Public Schools rose 1 percent over the last year even though Illinois was forced to stop using its test tailored especially for English-language learners. If ELL scores are taken out of the mix, scores for elementary school students rose 4 percent this year over the previous one.
Last fall, the federal government required Illinois to stop using the Illinois Measure of Annual Growth in English, or IMAGE, which was given to some ELLs, because state officials couldn’t show it was comparable to the regular state tests.
Arne Duncan, the superintendent for Chicago Public Schools, told Chicago Public Radio that ELLs still need a separate test.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.