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CPS school ratings system doesn’t help parents

December 19, 2014

By presenting meaningful information that speaks to families’ experiences and embracing public conversation about those data, CPS can begin to rebuild trust with its communities.  The necessary work of evaluating and rating schools should be separate and distinct because it speaks to the needs of administrators and policy makers, not families.

Passing the PARCC test is the wrong goal

December 16, 2014

In reading the recent guest essay that the Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellows wrote about the soon-to-debut PARCC test, I was flabbergasted to see their opening paragraph end with the absurd statement that by participating in the test roll-out this year, “students in Chicago will be able to do something amazing: They have the opportunity to pilot the PARCC without the fear of failure.” 

Catalyst In Focus

Losing students, neighborhood high schools caught in downward spiral

December 09, 2014

 CPS' Barbara Byrd-Bennett and CTU's Karen Lewis agreed that neighborhood high schools were in such a dire situation that they need to join forces to try to help them. The district is now working with a community-based initiative to try to revitalize neighborhood high schools.

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Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 1:09 PM

Gone for the holidays

The crew at Catalyst is taking a break to celebrate with friends and family. We will return to work on Jan. 5.

In the meantime, our reporters will remain on alert and post briefs about any major news on Facebook and Twitter.  (If you haven’t already liked us on Facebook, now would be a great time to do that.)

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Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 10:30 AM

Take 5: Dyett supporters ask for RFP to be halted; school ratings by race and TFA problems

Several members of the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School demanded Wednesday that board members adopt their plan for the school and reopen it in Fall of 2015, rather than follow the steps CPS officials already laid out: issue a Request for Proposals, pick an operator or a proposal, and then reopen in 2016.

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Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 3:15 PM

Illinois gets second largest preschool grant

Recognizing Illinois’ existing work in early childhood education, the U.S. Department of Education announced today that the state will receive an additional $20 million in annual federal funding to further expand preschool services for 4-year-olds.

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Tuesday, Dec. 09, 2014 9:16 AM

More CPS grads are getting college diplomas, though racial gaps persist

Back in 2006, Chicago researchers released a startling report on the post-secondary success of CPS students. The study ultimately concluded that just eight of every 100 high school freshmen would end up getting a college degree.

The numbers were worse for black and Hispanic boys. Only 4 percent obtained a degree.

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