November 12, 2012
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has released updated school progress reports to all schools across the District in order to better inform families of their school’s performance. In October, Mayor Emanuel and CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced that revamped school report cards will be easier to understand, and will also provide details on how parents can access support and information for their families through district-provided services. These newly revamped reports include those changes as well as information about key indicators including academics, school culture and climate and staff and student feedback. CPS has encouraged all principals across the District to schedule conversations with parents around these reports to give families an opportunity to ask questions and understand the data on their school’s progress.
“Parent involvement is critical in a child’s life, and it is especially important when it comes their education,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. “We want to empower parents to work with our principals and teachers to ensure our students have the support needed to succeed.”
At the elementary level, student progress is measured by growth over the course of a year and whether students are meeting grade-level expectations. At the high school level, student progress is measured by student progress toward college readiness, college eligibility and college enrollment.
All school progress report cards for CPS schools will be available online at /Schools/Pages/Schools.aspx. Parents can enter the name of their school and scroll down to the attached documents to download or view the School Progress Report Card in English, Spanish, Polish and Chinese.
CPS also reminds all Track R parents that Tuesday, Nov. 13 is report card pick-up day for both elementary and high schools. Report card pick up days are non-student attendance days and report card pick-up time is determined by each school.
“Teachers and parents know their students best, and by bringing them together we are sending a strong and positive message to the children of our city,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. “Report card pick-up provides incredibly valuable one-on-one time between teachers and parents to ensure our students are on track and our parents are well-informed.”
All Track R parents across the District are encouraged to visit with their children’s teachers and pick up their report cards. During their visits, parents can go to their children’s classrooms, receive report cards, talk with teachers about how their students are doing and learn whether or not their students are on track for their grade level. They also can discuss whether any academic interventions are necessary.
Report cards are available in a number of languages to help parents fully understand their child’s performance and do not have to be returned to the school. New report cards are available at the end of each marking period.
Report card pick-up hours and dates are for CPS schools only. Charter schools and charter networks determine their own report card pick-up dates and times.
Chicago Public Schools serves 403,000 students in 681 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.