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WICKER PARK — A neighborhood school has asked students who opted out of a statewide test to explain why, using a survey that doesn’t ask them to use words.
According to parents at Pritzker School in Wicker Park, the “student survey” was administered to students this week who opted out of the Illinois Standards Achievement Test by the principal and assistant principal.
It used emoticons to ask students to answer questions like, “How do you feel about ISAT?” and “How do you feel about being ‘Opted Out’?” They were to answer by selecting a face ranging from “happy” to “sad” to “don’t care.” To the question “How did you learn about ‘opting-out?’” the survey gave the options “friend, media, parent, teacher” and “other.”
The ISAT is being phased out, and some parents have called it “meaningless” in opting to have their children not take it. Teachers at Saucedo Scholastic Academy in Little Village have boycotted giving it. The state Board of Education has insisted even students who opt out should at least be handed the test, resulting in more parent outrage.
Parents said the survey was given Wednesday by Principal Joenile Stevente Albert-Reese and her assistant principal.
“My eyes about melted,” said parent Kristine Richardson, when she saw the survey. “It’s terrifying to me that the principal and assistant principal would be giving something like this out.”