Illinois drops writing and social studies exams

07/27/2004 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

In a cost-cutting move last Saturday, the Illinois legislature approved a budget agreement that scraps state writing and social studies tests this school year. Although supporters say the state can afford only the math, reading and science testing mandates of NCLB, many educators worry that the change sends a signal to teachers that writing is not as important as it once was.

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