Nettlehorst & 280 Other Schools Rate Red

Today's news is dominated by the release of a new set of reports from the Consortium on schools that meet or -- Nettlehorst! Pulaski! - fail to meet five core measures of school effectiveness.  Take a look at how your school rates and tell us what you think.  Plus full day kindergarten and curfew stuff:

New survey ranks CPS schools on learning environments Sun Times: Chicago Public Schools on Tuesday will release for the first time the results of a survey that provides a unique glimpse into the learning environment for more than 600 district schools.

Survey results detail each school's climate, instruction quality Catalyst:  Nettelhorst Elementary, long considered a success story because of a grassroots parent effort to improve the school. Students there reported a dearth of high teacher expectations, a lack of trust in their teachers, and few rigorous writing activities.

U. of C. Survey Results a New Tool for CPS CNC:  Teachers and students at more than 280 Chicago Public Schools indicate they need more support to improve their performance, according to the results of a survey conducted by the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research.

You can look your school up here.

CPS Releases List of 50+ Full-Day Kindergartens CNC: In some areas, principals use discretionary funding or parents cobble together the money themselves to pay for the program. The additional full-day kindergarten seats will cost $15 million in Fiscal Year 2012.

Chicago's tighter curfew set to kick in Sun Times: On a recent Tuesday night, the South Side park was abandoned except for the boy's family.

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  • parker art and shop teacher alleged to have been peeping at a recent fair

    i went there and they taught us to make and use pinhole cameras but not for these purposes as i recall

  • The Consortium on Chicago School Research's new website is pretty bogus. The red, yellow, green designations are based on the average CPS results. A school could have 68% agree and 32% strongly agree with not a single disagree or strongly disagree and still end-up in the red. How could it be that if no one disagrees with the statement that it needs to be fixed? Also, now that people know that these results will be published and used to evaluate the merits of a school they will no longer get very accurate results. It's like TeacherFit. When teachers thought it was simply a survey, they answered honestly. But now that people know it's used for hiring they'll answer in the ways that get them a job (yes, of course my ideal job is one where I work many extra hours per week with no pay). This survey now represents a public image for the school. If students and teachers know this it could have a significant impact on future survey results. I expected more from the CCSR. I guess it's not that surprising since Tim Knowles is getting all sorts of love from those in power these days.

  • My wife did not bother to fill out the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research teacher survey as well as many of her fellow teachers. No sense. These folks are only good at cashing Chicago Public School checks. Rahm, do the tax payer a favor and fire these slackers. Why do they not ask questions about the CEO and Board, in terms of support? CCSR are good about insulating the CEO and Board from any criticism!!! It makes sense that they would not want to bring the ire of the mayor. University of Chicago Consortium on School Research are living large off the taxpayer!!! University of Chicago Consortium on School Research folks need to get real jobs and quit snowing the public.

  • I really don't understand the frequent attacks on the Consortium. Chicago is fortunate to have research of this quality, particularly on high schools. Much of the Consortium's research does not support the Board's practice. An example is their conclusion that more test prep in the high schools actually depresses scores.

  • Is this a joke? Did it really take this group of bozos 15 years to figure out that the performance of a school is directly tied to these factors? Please tell me that CPS is not paying this group for this mind-boggling information. No wonder things are a mess in the schools. Anyone with common sense could have figured this out! Ah, there's the rub, no one at CPS has any common sense. The CPS board would have serious issues finding their way out of a paper bag!

  • Relax. CPS doesn't pay the Consortium. They're actually excellent researchers, and their findings do often disconfirm the effectiveness of CPS practice. At least they're an objective 3rd party (though they don't always collaborate enough with CPS to understand some of the programs or policies they're analyzing).

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