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CPS touts higher graduation rate

Chicago Public Schools announced Saturday that more than 60 percent of their 2007-2008 freshmen graduated last year, calling it a history-making record.

 The current administration has only been in place for a year and therefore can take no credit for the increase in graduation rates. However, CPS spokeswoman Robyn Ziegler says the news can provide “great momentum going into next year.”

 CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard, in a press release, gave the credit to the staff that was in place before he took the helm.

“This increase in our graduation rate tells a powerful story about CPS and the contributions of our hard working teachers and principals,” Brizard says.

But Brizard reiterated the point that too few CPS students are “college and career ready.” Since Brizard arrived last year, his administration has emphasized that past achievement standards were too low. Given new, more rigorous standards, elementary school students would likely do much worse.

However, increases in ACT scores have been as a true measure of progress, according to the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research.

The graduation rate has been inching up over the past decade. In 2000, less than half—about 47 percent—of students graduated. Last year, five-year cohort graduation rate was at 58 percent.

CPS did not release school-by-school information so it is unclear if any particular type of school drove the increase. District officials pointed to two schools as having the largest increases: Phoenix Military Academy, a small, relatively new school on the West Side, and Roosevelt High School, a large neighborhood school on the North Side.

Roosevelt went from having below average graduation rates in 2005 to now meeting the district average.



Anonymous wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Most Importantly

Does that mean Mr. Brizard will get his performance bonus?

Anonymous wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

SAra, did all of the work

SAra, did all of the work around freshmen on track lead to this increase? I bet that is a story worth doing.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago


Are they counting starting Freshmen who graduate or Seniors who graduate? I'm sure it is "graduating Senios" I know "they" used to count students from start to finish. The numbers were so embarassing they changed how to count graduation rate. If you don't count the freshmen from start to graduation, than you ignoring the true drop out numbers. Once the student drops out, they are not included in any graduation numbers. There is still a HUGE drop out rate. Don't forget.... Liars figure and figures lie....

Anonymous wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago
Vinicius DeMello wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

Thank Teachers, not Brizard!

My first reaction is thank the teachers! Kind of obvious.

Realistic teacher wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

Graduation rate

The statistic is meaningless. CPS is pushing administrators to pass students that should be failed. Principals have instituted after school sessions so a student can make up missing a class (no classwork really needs to be done, just show up), Credit recovery teachers have been fired because they had too many failing students (as if the teacher is responsible when a student refuses to do any assignmens) and the administration passes them all. Or when a school has a position open there when there area qualified teachers available who don't get hired, focing the students to get a day to day sub everyday and the principle says it wouldn't be fair to fail the students because they have no teacher.

CPS is more interested in graduating students than educating them.

Marc Sims wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

CPS did not release school-by-school information so it is unclea

Is the CPS higher graduation rate do to poorly performing students moving out of Chicago? Is it because some students have moved from their neighborhood school to a charter school? Or is it because a lot of bad teachers have retired or been fired?

Clara Fitzpatrick wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

Graduation Rate

Has anyone looked at the actual statistics. Does the graduation rate refer to freshmen who started and finished as seniors and graduated. Does the rate include those eighth graders who must attend summer school and will, come high water, graduate from summer school? Even if CPS did not list actual school-by-school data will we have apples and apples. Will the freshmen class of a given school be followed until graduation or will the school simply have numbers from entering classes in 2008 and numbers for the graduation class of 2012 with replacement numbers unaccounted for?
Oh statistics! Is the Consortium or Catalyst looking into the truth?

Anonymous wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

Contributing Factors

The figures represent a lot of hard work by numbers of people.

Roosevelt's graduating class was the culminating co-hort of a six year grant that supported a college-going culture, with extra tutoring, college field trips and workshops throughout their experience.

Marc Sims wrote 1 year 32 weeks ago

Record Graduation Rate

I would like to see the racial analysis of the statistics.

Do you have them?

CPS Students On Track To Set Record Graduation Rate This School Year

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