Parents denounce plan to replace bilingual tests

February 12, 2008 2:00:38 PM PST
Some Logan Square and Albany Park parents are denouncing a plan to replace bilingual testing with the Illinois State Achievement Test, or ISAT.

They say the current Image test is designed for students who are learning English. They want the Image test extended until educators create another test that students who are learning English could pass. They claim these students won't understand the ISAT.

"This test is not fair for our kids. It's really hard for them to look at this test. They are lost," said Patricia Lopez, teacher assistant.

"It's an outrage, and I'm glad the parents are here to make their voices known. And I'm gonna urge all my colleagues-- both Republicans and Democrats-- to stand behind me on this resolution to call for an extension," said State Sen. Iris Martinez, (D) Chicago.

Senator Martinez wants a committee vote this week on her resolution urging that bilingual students continue taking the Image test.