Township District 214 revises information about ASVAB test.

Chicago, IL - September 15, 2008 – The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test is offered to District 214 students once during the school year; usually in November. Northwest Suburban Peace & Education Project began investigating the details related to the administration of the test after reading information forwarded by other peace and justice groups. We discovered that the test results for District 214 students are forwarded to the military although that is not clear in the information distributed by the high schools. In fact, in the Prospect Parent Newsletter from August/September of this year (page 18) the announcement makes no mention that test results are forwarded to the military.

In a letter sent to Dr. David Schuler on August 18, 2008, we requested that the district require parental consent for all students taking the test and that they change the recruiter release option so that the test results are not provided to military recruiters.

The District will be revising the wording in future years so that it is clear to students and parents that contact information for those taking the ASVAB test will be forwarded to the military. They will also provide an option for those who do not want to be contacted by the military.

In the meantime, we urge any student who is planning to take the ASVAB test (scheduled for November 13, 2008, at Forest View Educational Center) and does not want their contact information released to the military recruiters to contact Student Services at their respective school.

Libby Frank, co-coordinator
Northwest Suburban Peace & Education Project

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