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November 17, 2014

In August of 2013, CPS officials announced they would make the school rating system more comprehensive, looking at multiple factors, including college enrollment and how particular groups of students were doing, and change the ratings from three "levels" to five "tiers" to make it more nuanced.

But this new rating system does not seem to be working out.

October 08, 2013

Lake View High School is on probation even though its test scores exceed the CPS average. The school dropped from being a Level 1 "excellent" school to a Level 3 "poor/probation" school in one year. Lake View dropped because it lost "trend" growth points, part of the CPS performance standard calculation. (DNAInfo)

July 17, 2013

Chicago Public Schools officials revealed Tuesday that only 52.5 percent of the district's elementary students met or exceeded state academic standards in the last school year.

May 13, 2013

This spring, I got an unexpected tardy pass from the office at my school, telling me that I had been late to my homeroom. As it turned out, I was marked as late because my homeroom had been changed--I was assigned to a sophomore homeroom instead of a junior one. No one had talked to my mom or me about this. I only found about my demotion because I got a tardy.

March 18, 2013

Most low-income students who have top test scores and grades do not even apply to the nation’s best colleges, according to a new analysis of every high school student who took the SAT in a recent year. (The New York Times)

February 22, 2013

Hispanic eighth-graders in Illinois have higher reading scores than the rest of the nation’s big states, but the state’s African-American children still struggle mightily with reading, math and science, according to a new report — “Mega-states: An Analysis of Student Performance in the Five Most Heavily Populated States” — published Thursday that examines test scores in the country’s five largest states, the Sun-Times reports.

December 07, 2011

Chicago Public Schools students did not make significant improvement over the past two years in reading and continued to lag behind other large cities in reading and math on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

November 30, 2011

Mayor Rahm Emanuel reacted angrily Tuesday to questions of whether it was a conflict of interest to award management of six new turnaround schools to the Academy for Urban School Leadership, whose former executives were handpicked by the mayor to help run Chicago Public Schools, the Tribune reported.

November 21, 2011

The Los Angeles Unified School District has declined to release to the Los Angeles Times the names of teachers and their scores indicating their effectiveness in raising student performance.  

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