SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Board of Education is weighing whether to replace the state’s annual Illinois Assessment of Readiness standardized test for grades 3 through 8 with three separate tests spread out in a school year.

But teacher unions and education advocacy groups claim the proposed change would amount to more class time being dedicated to test preparation.

If implemented, the three tests would be delivered in the fall, winter and spring with scores from each combined into an overall student assessment.

Illinois Federation of Teachers President Dan Montgomery said spreading out standardized tests throughout the school year would do very little to calm the nerves of students who battle with test anxiety.

Montgomery also said conflating a student’s cumulative test score to a

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