U. of C. Lab teachers show support for CPS test opt-outs

Staff Writer

The Faculty Association of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools issued a statement to the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) in support of educators for families and teachers who opted out of the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) in Chicago Public Schools.

CPS students take more standardized tests in one year than students at the U. of C. Lab Schools do in their entire 12 years of education at the school, according to the CTU Research Department.

“What the public needs to know is that there are brilliant kids in every system that these tests cannot and do not measure,” said Paul Horton, a history teacher at the U. of C. Lab Schools, 1362 E. 59th St., in a written statement.

Horton said standardized tests are “about profits, not kids.”

CTU said nearly 2,000 students at 90 schools — including charter schools —opted out of this year’s ISAT.