Chicago Public School reform largely has failed, reports Crain's political reporter Greg Hinz based on a just-release report from the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club -- a longtime ally of the city in its reform efforts.
"The report directly challenges widespread claims by current and former CPS officials that local students have shown substantial progress over the last decade on standardized tests."
In response, spokespeople for Arne Duncan cited improvements in 8th graders' performance, even after adjusting for the changes in the tests, and increases in ACT scores. Really? That's all they have.