CHICAGO, Ill – A bill co-sponsored by state Rep. Curtis Tarver II, D-Chicago, that will prevent state-funded standardized testing for students in pre-kindergarten through second grade was recently signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
“The development of young children is far from standardized and our method for measuring their growth should not be standardized either,” said Tarver. “Standardized testing for our youngest learners does not paint an accurate picture of their academic progress and puts unneeded stress on these students.”
Senate Bill 3986 establishes the Too Young to Test Act, which prohibits the Illinois State Board of Education from developing, purchasing or requiring a school district to administer, develop or purchase a standardized assessment for students in pre-kindergarten through second grade. The law carves out exceptions for tests used for diagnostic or screening purposes, such as to determine eligibility for special education, dyslexia services, early intervention or similar services.
“Standardized testing can cause inequity in our education system and is sometimes used to exclude marginalized or underserved students from various institutions,” Tarver said. “This new law protects our youngest students from the unnecessary stress and negative effects of standardized testing so that they can continue to grow and develop in a low-stress, welcoming learning environment.”
To learn more about the Too Young to Test Act, please visit www.ilga.gov.