There's a lot of praise (and a lot of self-reported data) in this Education Week article about SLI's efforts to help Chicago schools improve, which are characterized as a softer, gentler version of the brutal turnaround efforts undertaken by the Board.
"In 2007 and 2008, two schools in the network led the city's 470-some K-8 schools in gains on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test. By Strategic Learning's definition, five of the 10 schools were "turned around," meaning state test scores were improving at a rate at least six times faster than before, and school-level leaders agreed with the progress."
But is this for real, and is it still working?
"The seven schools remaining in the network are finishing the last year of their four years of work with Strategic Learning. Two decided to leave the network to do their own professional development and another was turned into a contract school by the district."
NB:I did some freelance writing for SLI a few years ago.
Filed under: Uncategorized