The Year Ahead, According To CPS

Here's a bootleg copy of the massive 178-page presentation made to principals on Friday, passed along by a friend of the site who thinks that what CPS does should be transparent.  Agreed.  Take a look and let us know if you see anything new (or describe how it was presented or received at your table if you were there). 

Some things I noticed: Lots of useful phone numbers and contact names.  There's a shout-out to "local successes" Burnham and Haines elementary schools, along with the usual stuff about needing a longer day.  Is the concept of "bounded autonomy" new language with the new networks, or is it a carryover from Huberman or Duncan? Is the regular schedule really called Track R?  If so, I didn't know that.  (There's always something I don't know.) We love emails and memos sent from principals and administrators, so feel free to send yours along to me at district299 at  Thanks! Scroll above or download (PDF) here or go to scribd and download from there.


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  • Alexander

    The hyperlink for the .pdf doesn't work.

  • I am actually somewhat heartened by this. Despite all the stupidity and big talk that goes on at CPS, the plan seems to be coherent and to have pretty specific goals for the next few years. This gives me a tingle of hope that maybe these folks will actually start to make things happen in CPS, instead of convening endless working groups and 'developing' strategies over the course of years that are then never implemented.

    There is no perfect plan, and we could certainly debate the merits of this one. But I have to give kudos to the leadership team for actually having a plan and moving forward quickly. And it's not nearly as stupid as everything Huberman did, and is more comprehensive than Duncan, so maybe things will actually go in the right direction. Maybe. We'll see.

  • Alexander thanks!

  • Ugh--just a few things after my brief skimming of the report.

    1) A lot of their "sources" are completely useless. Particularly the "Shortest school day in the nation" slide. Following the link provided takes you to a generated chart with loads and loads of data that is left blank. Not to mention the the bottom of the slide states "Hillsboro, FL was not include due to data quality"--not include. Really. Not include. Me Tarzan, you not include. This is the tripe they present to principals...half sourced data and grammatical errors--UGH!

    2) Comparing "longer day" Mass. Charter schools with various enrollment processes to standard Boston Public Schools. Apples to Oranges.

    3) Broward County Schools? I'm looking at the data CPS provided and maybe I'm missing something. According to their data, students are in school 300 minutes for 180 days...54000 minutes, 900 hours? Am I missing something?

    4) Miami Dade-scrolling over the information in the chart specifically states the following: "The annual number of hours spent in grades 2 - 6 is 1,170." So why does CPS's Principal's chart add 100 hours to that?

    I'm getting heart palpitations going through this load...I've got to stop before I'm unable to function. Just a couple of closing questions:

    If longer school days correlate to more success, then why didn't this presentation include the scores/results of the districts mention (rather than some obscure Boston Charter School info)? Why not show the great results of Miami-Dade or Houston or Philadelphia? Hmm...I wonder why that is....

  • In reply to loserboy:

    I'm wondering why they used 2002 and 2003 NAEP Reading and Math scores when the 2009 scores are available? Perhaps Houston didn't enjoy the wide lead over the other districts?

  • Yeah, Houston's actually a TERRIBLE example to use. They're results over the last few years (ACT/NAEPP) have been pretty brutal, even with the enormous difference in the all-important "length of the day".

  • In reply to loserboy:

    I think not long ago I posted Houston ISD's NAEP scores. Really they were no better than those of the average big city schools in the sample of school districts NAEP used.

    Rod Estvan

  • Whoa. There is some teacher- and union-hating coming from parents over at

  • JC's use of Jones CP, Payton and some Military Academy as examples of sucessful schools was a neophyte mistake. His people need to touch base with some experienced and honest (older)people--turned our table off completely during the discussion time they gave. And Donoso--she threatened people-shook her finger--you better...really?

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    If Donoso shook her finger, it most likely shows that she is not suited for the job. That is not leadership. She is way over her head professionally.

    Regarding data in presentation: That is the way Top administration in CPS has always rolled. Tell half lies and lies and then try to cover it up at another press conference or be ignored pointing out their mistakes.

  • here's some more about the common core curriculum implementation, from catalyst, which is apparently going to get piloted at 30 schools this year

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