Most of the time, the Board of Education and the state board can say whatever they want about the schools and we pretty much have to take them at their word. Once in a while, however, there is federal or national data that suggests a...gap....between what we're being told and how things look nationally. Yesterday's national math scores are a good example.
Just under two thirds of IL 4th graders aren't proficient in math. They show that in the US and Illinois, kids don't know what they need to know about math -- and aren't getting much better at it over the past two years.
Even if you don't give a whit about CPS or poor minority kids, these results should give you pause when you think about what we're being told by the city (which, using a different much easier test, gives a much higher number). This is also why professional parents in Chicago don't care if a school reports 70 percent proficient. They know the standard is watered down.
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