- Associated Press - Thursday, April 30, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - The U.S. Department of Education says Illinois has violated the law for failing to administer statewide science tests this school year.

The Chicago Tribune reports (https://trib.in/1Q0lk1i) that in an April 20 letter to the Illinois State Board of Education, the Education Department says the board must come up with a plan and timeline by June 30 to become compliant and give the science assessments in 2015-16.

Federal law requires science testing during grades 3 through 5, 6 through 9, and 10 through 12.

Board spokeswoman Mary Fergus says the board is working on a plan to provide a science assessment in 2015-16.

The board officials say the agency planned to do some pilot testing of new science assessments this school year. The Education Department rejected the idea of pilot testing.


Information from: Chicago Tribune, https://www.chicagotribune.com

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