New method leaves some students off Illinois exam rosters

CHICAGO (AP) — Some Illinois students are being left out of certain state exams under a new practice that gives school administrators flexibility to filter testing rosters. Federal law requires students be tested annually in reading, and at least once in math during high school. A Chicago Tribune analysis shows that Illinois school officials are allowed to determine students’ eligibility for the state’s Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exams based on particular course participation, and not grade level. The analysis has found that, in some cases, students in developmental, special education, and even gifted and honors classes were removed from testing because they were doing coursework above or below the qualifying level, leaving some school administrators wondering how those ineligible kids would affect overall test performance at schools.