It's test score time, the annual ritual in which the state finally releases school by school test score results and everyone pays attention for a moment. The scores don't look great, on the whole -- we already knew that -- and they may not even mean much, reports Linda Lutton. Oh, and newly accurate (lower) graduation rates, too.
Many third-graders fail key reading standard Tribune: At Chicago Public Schools' Guggenheim Elementary, 85.3 percent of third-graders failed to meet state reading standards, the worst performance in the state. Yale Elementary, also a CPS school, came in second with 77.4 percent, followed by North .
Researchers: test scores released today mislead the public WBEZ: Today is the day the public gets to see how its schools are doing. Illinois is releasing test scores for every school in the state. Increasingly, researchers say the way the state reports those scores is misleading. WBEZ’s Linda Lutton tell the story.
Top schools have longer days Sun Times: The 10 highest-ranking suburban neighborhood elementary schools all have longer days for kids than the typical Chicago public school — but shorter ones than those advocated by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and city public school officials.
Year-round classes lift Lindblom Sun Times: Chicago Public Schools gained two high schools among the state’s 100 top-scoring ones this year, bringing the system’s total to seven.
Chopin beats odds with classic formula Sun Times: Why did 100 percent of seventh- and eighth-graders at Chicago’s Chopin School pass their state reading and math tests last school year? Put that question to this year’s eighth-graders in the 96-percent low-income school, and their first answer is just one word: Looping.
The big chill Tribune: The report cards for Chicago schools were nothing to take home to mom and dad, either. And yet, what's consuming the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union these days? A drawn out fight over how long children should be in school.
Illinois graduation rates tumble under new formula WBEZ: Illinois is releasing report cards for every school in the state today. The annual report card release shows high schools struggled. The state changed how it calculates the graduation rate this year—to bring it in line with federal guidelines. The effect: hundreds of high schools saw their graduation rates tumble.
Graduation rates slump across Illinois high schools Tribune: Despite its academic struggles, North Chicago Community High School could count on at least one piece of good news: Students were getting their diplomas. The school reported a 90.3 percent graduation rate in 2010.