September 27, 2013
CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools (CPS) released today the school-by-school performance policy levels for School Year 2013-2014 (SY13-14). While there is still work to be done, this year’s results are the highest percentage of schools in the good standing category since the policy was implemented in 2008 and represent how many CPS schools are making the necessary progress toward improving their academic standing.
“CPS is committed to providing every child in every neighborhood with a high-quality education, and to help meet that goal we must hold our schools accountable for student achievement,” said CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. “While more work remains to be done, I’m pleased that many of our schools are moving in the right direction and applaud our principals and staff for the dedication they are bringing to the classroom every day to help our children get on a path for success.”
All schools receive a rating of Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 based on points earned for current performance, trend and student academic growth. At the elementary level, student progress is measured by attendance rate, growth over the course of year in the Illinois Standard Achievement Test (ISAT) and whether students are meeting grade-level expectations on the ISAT. At the high school level, student progress is measured by growth and meets/exceeds on the EPAS assessment series, Freshman-On-Track, Advanced Placement (AP) enrollment and attendance rates.
Highlights from SY13-14 Results include:
- 60 percent of elementary and high schools are in good standing for SY13-14; this represents a five percent increase from SY12-13
- There was a four point increase in elementary schools receiving a Level 1 rating for SY13-14 with 33 percent of elementary schools in this category
- There was a fifteen percent decrease in high schools receiving a level 3 rating with 34 percent of high schools in this category.
Network chiefs are working closely with principals whose schools are in Level 3 to target resources for academic intervention and other supports to help improve student learning. In some cases, CPS’s OS4 office will provide both school leaders and teachers with intense and comprehensive professional development tailored to the specific needs of each school and support parent and community engagement by offering classes to teach best practices to increase student achievement.
This school year marks the last year of the current Performance Policy, which will be replaced in School Year 2014-2015 (SY14-15) with the new School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP). The new system for measuring accountability across all schools was approved by the Chicago Board of Education in August. The SQRP is grounded in both research-based metrics and educator and student feedback. This five-tiered system sets rigorous expectations for all schools regardless of type, and places a greater emphasis on student growth. Metrics include student attendance, Freshman On-Track scores, college enrollment and persistence, educator and student surveys, and academic growth, with an emphasis on growth for priority groups. The weighted emphasis on student growth and multi-tiered ratings will help guide the District in how best to provide helpful supports and interventions to improve performance among low-performing schools.
CPS will release later this fall the full school progress reports for all schools across the District. The school progress reports provide parents insight into key indicators of school success including academics, school culture and climate and staff and staff and student feedback. The reports will also provide information on how parents can access support and resources for their families through district-provided services.
This progress confirms that more schools are improving their student outcomes comes on the heels of a record high graduation rate since CPS began tracking this and $400 million dollars awarded in scholarships to CPS students, an increase of $133 million from SY11-12. The district will be able to build upon this progress with their investments in early education, a full day for every CPS student starting in kindergarten, increasing access to high quality options such as new IB and STEM Schools all over the City, and leveraging capital funds to alleviate overcrowding and modernize local schools.
Chicago Public Schools serves 400,000 students in 681 schools. It is the nation's third-largest school district.