Fed Up with Schools, Chicago Kids Boycott State Tests

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A group of Chicago students protesting the city's planned school closings and what they see as overreliance on standardized testing boycotted Wednesday's Prairie State Achievement Exam and demonstrated outside a school board meeting.

“Today, we are boycotting the second day of PSAE to show that standardized testing should not decide the future of our schools and students,” one girl said at the protest.

Mark Naison, a Fordham University professor scholar who tracks educational movements, the activism to the student lunch counter sit-ins that began in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1960.

“In both instances, you had a situation that many people thought was outrageous—and yes, many people do think the level of testing in schools has become so intrusive and counterproductive that it is national tragedy—but people in elected office seemed unable to change, so young people decided to take history into their own hands,” he said. “I would not be surprised to see these walkouts and boycotts multiply next year.”

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