February 27, 2013
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced today a list of six charter schools placed on a “warning” list because of demonstrated low-performance. The warning comes on the heels of CPS’s first-ever recommendations to close two charter schools – Aspira’s Mirta Ramirez campus and Betty Shabazz’s DuSable campus – based on performance.
The six schools on warning include Ace Tech Charter High School, Aspira Charter High School Early College, Catalyst Charter-Howland, CICS-Basil, Galapagos Charter Campus, and North Lawndale Charter High School-Collins.
“I am committed to holding all schools accountable for providing a high-quality education to every child, and charter schools are no exception,” said CEO Byrd-Bennett. “Our parents and children should expect nothing less than the highest quality from all schools.”
The warning designation is given to charter schools that have fallen short of meeting academic performance metrics in at least two of the last three school years. Academic performance metrics reviewed to determine the warning designation include a school’s ability to outperform comparison schools and meet absolute academic targets outlined in their charter contract.
Each of the six charter schools on the warning list must show improvement before the end of the 2012-13 school year. If any of these schools do not demonstrate improvement by September 2013, when data reporting for school year 2012-13 is completed, the school will be required to develop and execute a remediation plan.
Today’s announcement of the warning list is one part of CPS’s broader efforts to increase accountability around charter school performance. In November, CPS announced a more rigorous charter renewal review process, which includes consideration for several factors such as academic performance data from ISAT, PSAE and ACT test scores, compliance data, financial management history and parent input.
The announcement also coincides with today’s Board of Education vote on charter school renewals and closures. For charter contracts renewed today, contractual obligations will be determined between the February Board meeting and June 30, 2013, at which time charter contracts must be finalized.
Chicago Public Schools serves 403,000 students in 681 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.