High Scorers, High Gainers

challenges CPS to improve science scores
Sun Times
Chicago public school officials touted a six-year "winning streak'' of
rising scores Tuesday as they unveiled test results showing nearly two-thirds
of elementary students passed their state reading, math and science exams this

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  • I assumed when I read the Consortium report power pointed yesterday at the Board meeting that it did include CPS students with disabilities who were tested with and without accomodations. But the report made by the Consortium made no reference to any relative gains made by students with disabilities relative to student is the rest of the state. We believe based on the disaggregated ISAT scores for students with disabiltiies up to 2006 that there have been no real gains for these students relative to students in the state as a whole who are either disabled or non-disabled. CPS students with disabilities have consitently lost ground in terms of the learning gap to their own peers without disabilities in the CPS.

    So we doubt that the 2007 disaggrated scores will reveal any major gains for these students.

    Rod Estvan

  • I thought the comments made in relation to the education of students with disabilities on this thread have been very thoughtful. As a professional advocate for students with disabilities, i.e. I get paid for doing what many parents do for no pay, I honestly understand the concerns of parents who see their incrediably talented yet disabled children sinking in the CPS relative to the population of students around them. Even more concerning is knowing that your child is falling behind the larger population, by the way the average ACT score of a CPS student with a disability who makes it to grade 11 is 12.6 which in reality is predictive of academic failure even at the community college level.

    However, I also understand where my friend George is coming from in relation to his concern about families who are seeking more individual as opposed to collective solutions to the desperate situation of students with disabilities in Chicago.

    All I can say is those who have sought individual solutions for their own children are also tax payers in the city. They should make it clear to the political powers that rule this town that they are not happy that CPS special education is such a mess they have had to give up much of their productive work lives to directly educate their own children full time, rather than providing additional support for their children in addition to good special education services delivered by a school district that really values their children.

    There are other families who for religous reasons adopt home schooling and in our country that is their right and I have no objection to them doing so.

    As one parent commented home schooling is not an option for everyone who has a child with a disability in Chicago. That was a wise statement. The stress a home schooling family faces educating a student with significant behavioral issues is significant, and when you add the reality of having to address the behavioral needs of that child in relation to non-education issues we find ourselves working 24 hours 7 days a week. Ultimately this can lead to burn out.

    But in conclusion I have to say I am very heartened to see the committment of the parents with children with disablities writing on this blog to their children's education.

    Rod Estvan

    Access Living

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