Chicago Public Schools ended its standoff with the State of Illinois over the new mandated standardized state test. All students in the Chicago district will have to take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, exam this spring.
Illinois State Board of Education chair Gery Chico says the state urgently needs to “play catch up” with technology in schools, in part because the state can't administer its standardized exams without more Internet-connected computers.
Illinois drastically raised standards in 2010 for candidates who want to attend colleges of education. Three years later, the data bear out a fear that state leaders had at that time: the changes have disproportionately hurt aspiring minority teachers.
No Child Left Behind was created to improve national standards for academic achievement and accountability in schools. But almost a decade in, school districts in Illinois and around the country were struggling to meet standards set by the act.