Most Chicago schools get a D or F

Most Chicago public schools earned a D or F grade on the district’s own evaluation, reveals the Chicago Tribune, which has printed the grades.  The district didn’t release the information, saying it lacks nuance. Someone leaked the info to the Trib.

As the graph shows, only 10 percent of elementary  and middle schools and 4 percent of high schools received an A. Half of K-8 schools and two thirds of high schools were given a D or F.

The grades are based on attendance, dropout rates and test scores, with no attempt to measure students’ progress. Not surprisingly, most of the A and B schools serve fewer low-income students than the district average. However, some high-poverty schools, such as Burnham Elementary, a nearly all-black magnet school, did well.  Overall, charters schools were more likely to earn a passing grade.

Some fear the K-8 schools look better because the tests are too easy.  The failure rate is high on the 11th-grade exam, which is partly based on the college entrance ACT exam, the Tribune reports.

“At the elementary level, state assessment standards have been so weakened that most of the 8th-graders who ‘meet’ these standards have little chance to succeed in high school or to be ready for college,” wrote the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago in a 2009 report.

My mother’s alma mater, Sullivan High, is an F school with an 88.5 percent poverty rate.

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  1. I predict no accountability for the mayor controlled lackeys running CPS. The MSM will continue to report Duncan did an awesome job in Chicago.

  2. Mike — you are so right. Instead the teachers will be punished for dutifully implementing Duncan’s half-baked ideas. That’s how it is these days –punish the soldiers, never the generals.

  3. Can anyone join this pity party or is it limited to people whose professional responsibilities don’t include demonstrating professional skills or results?

  4. Oh gosh, you’re right Allen. The administrators don’t tell the teachers what to do; therefore, they deserve no blame.

  5. Thanks Ben but I knew I was right.

    And Ben? That self-pity’s a very unattractive trait. To bad your professional circumstances make it virtually unavoidable.

  6. Let’s see — “success” in Houston gave us NCLB.

    “Sucess” in Chicago gives us RTTT …doubt it will do a thing…

  7. Well here in Michigan RT3 was a great success. Union foot-dragging resulted in the state losing $319 million so when the union comes wringing it’s hands to the legislature about the terribly inadequate funding of public education there’ll be $319 million dollars less to spend specifically because of the union.

    If that isn’t a success for President Obama I don’t know what is.


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