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Group supports student boycott

CHICAGO (AP) – A group of parents say they support plans by some Chicago Public School students not to take the Illinois Standard Achievement Test.

The test will be given to elementary school students for the last time next month. Scores won’t count for school ratings, advancement to the next grade, selective enrollment admission and teacher and principal evaluations.

Chicago parent group Parents-4-Teachers said in a statement Tuesday they support teachers who are refusing to administer the test. They say teachers will waste two weeks of instruction time on a “worthless test.”

Officials say although the No Child Left Behind law requires schools to administer the ISAT, students can choose not to take it. CPS spokesman Joel Hood says he “encourages parents to support their children taking the ISAT.”

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