CPS Announces Application Requirements for Non-CPS Students Applying to Selective Enrollment Programs 

District Will Again Utilize NWEA MAP as Unified Assessment for All Selective Enrollment Applicants
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                              
Thursday, August 6, 2015                                                                              
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Phone: 773-553-1620                                                                                                                     

CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced today the Northwestern Evaluation Association Measures of Academic Progress (NWEA MAP) will continue to be used by the District as the uniform assessment for all students applying to CPS programs with academic requirements. 
Chicago children who do not currently attend a CPS school but intend to apply for selective programs in CPS will be administered the assessment free of charge. This will be the second consecutive year NWEA MAP has been utilized as the common assessment tool for the selective enrollment application process as part of an effort to offer a more unified application for all interested students.
“All students in Chicago have the right to apply to our selective enrollment schools, and it’s important we offer a fair and simple application process to every eligible child,” said CPS CEO Forrest Claypool. “Our selective enrollment programs offer some of the best educational programs in the state, and a uniform assessment serves as an equitable tool to help evaluate all applications to these prestigious programs.”
The NWEA MAP is used by CPS to determine eligibility for selective enrollment elementary and high schools and other high schools with academic requirements, including college and career selective academies, International Baccalaureate high schools, magnet high schools and military academies. This is used as part of the application process for students entering grades 5-9, depending on the program.
The free test will be administered to non-CPS students at multiple locations around the city on Oct. 17, 18, 24, and 25, 2015. Current CPS students took the assessment in May 2015.
Registration forms for NWEA are available at www.cpsoae.org. In order to register for NWEA testing in October, registration forms must be received by the CPS Office of Access and Enrollment by Sept. 10, 2015, at 5 PM.
Students who register by Sept. 10, 2015, will be able to schedule their own admissions exams, information sessions and auditions, and they will be able to submit their applications using the CPS online application portal.
There will be one additional test date in January 2016 for families that do not register by September 10. Families who opt to test on this not-yet-determined date will be required to submit paper applications before the Dec. 11, 2015, deadline for the schools of their choice.
The District's selective enrollment schools are a citywide network of program models specifically designed for academically advanced students. There are 28 selective enrollment elementary schools, consisting of regional gifted centers, classical schools, academic centers, and the international gifted program. These schools serve about 7,000 K-8 students every year. At the high school level, CPS offers 11 selective enrollment high schools, including Hancock High School, which will open as a selective enrollment school for the first time this fall.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool are committed to increasing the number of selective enrollment high school seats to help meet the demand for these highly competitive programs. In School Year 2015-2016, there will be approximately 14,000 selective enrollment seats across the District, which is an increase of 1,105 seats since 2011. By 2019, CPS will be able to offer an additional 1,980 selective enrollment seats as a result of the growth of Hancock’s selective enrollment program and additions to both Jones College Prep and Payton College Prep.
Families with additional questions on the NWEA registration process or the application procedures for schools with academic requirements should contact the CPS Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060 or oae@cps.edu.

Chicago Public Schools serves 396,000 students in 664 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.

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