The change is expected to save the state about $6.3 million each year, but state school Superintendent Robert Schiller calls the cut short-sighted. He and other educators say they're afraid it will diverting attention from those core subjects.
Under the state budget agreement, the Illinois State Board of Education will only test students in reading, math and science. Those are the test subjects required by the federal No Child Left Behind law.
The money saved by dropping the tests goes back to education as part of a $154 per student increase in state aid to schools.