CPS has never had a strong, districtwide program of teacher induction and mentoring to stem an attrition rate that is higher than the national average. Instead, efforts to retain teachers depend on smaller-scale programs and individual principals who make it a goal to empower—and keep—their teachers.
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In the News: Top ACT scores rise in Chicago area
A select group of districts across the Chicago region are producing multiple top ACT scores among their students — and certain schools in the north and near northwest suburbs are particularly prolific, the Tribune reports.
Seven of the top 10 Chicago-area high schools with the best combined test scores on the Prairie State Achievement Exam — which includes the ACT and is taken by all juniors in the state — recorded multiple 36s (a perfect score) in the class of 2013, according to the Illinois State Board of Education's recently released annual school report cards.
Supporters of an elected school board in Chicago say they have new momentum Wednesday. That’s after an advisory measure passed overwhelmingly Tuesday night to end a mayor-appointed board. Only a fraction of the city’s precincts got to weigh in, but about 85 percent of voters in those 327 precincts favored electing the city’s school board. (WBEZ)
IN THE STATE
Oak Park-River Forest Supt. Steven Isoye will remain at the high school through 2018 after receiving a five-year contract extension from the District 200 Board of Education on Tuesday. (OakPark.com)
IN THE NATION
The District of Columbia has higher-than-desirable teacher turnover, but a report finds that the public school system is succeeding in holding onto its best teachers at nearly twice the rate as its lowest performers. (The Washington Post)
With the passage of Proposition 30 in California, college students will be spared another round of tuition increases and younger students will avoid a shorter school year. (Los Angeles Times)
Public school teachers spend billions of their own funds on student needs. (Truthout)