Today's news includes a WBEZ story about Common Core, a CNC story about teacher evaluation, and a Tribune recap of the Consortium report debunking much of Chicago's "progress" over the past couple of decades. Insiders may have long known that the test score increases weren't all that they were touted to be, but I think everyone's still digesting just how incomplete progress has been and how big the challenge ahead is going to be.
Teaching and Assessing under the Common Core WBEZ: Illinois is part of a 26-state consortium that is developing a new testing system for implementation in 2014–15. It is expected to show that students statewide have a lot further to go than ISAT exams have suggested.
Tough Questions on Changing Teacher Evaluations CNC/NYT: Unlike some other states, Illinois does not require student-achievement data to account for least 50 percent of a teacher’s evaluation, according to a report by the National Council on Teaching Quality. In Illinois, only students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11 take a state-administered test in reading, math and, in some cases, science.
Little progress in closing gap between white and black students in Chicago Tribune: For years, the conventional belief inside CPS was that African-American students were closing the gap.But the consortium's exhaustive report debunked that myth, at least when it comes to reading and math, de la Torre said.
More CPS students will soon be able to take City Colleges courses Sun Times: Starting in January, more Chicago Public High School students will be able to take classes at City Colleges — for free.
Meeks is the latest senator to not seek re-election Sun Times: The Chicago Democrat, who has been in the Senate since 2003, and his North Shore counterpart, state Sen. Jeff Schoenberg (D-Evanston), are the sixth and seventh senators to announce plans to not seek re-election.
Students double down now for future gains, savings Tribune: Better preparing CPS students is the intent of a plan announced Sunday by City Colleges to double the size of its dual enrollment program.
Galewood New Charter School Dissent cpsobsessed: If you are in the boundaries and are inclined to support a new charter school, contact Cheryl at the information below. If you are a teacher and are opposed to it, the union would probably welcome your support.
The high price of political payback at McCormick PlaceCrain's: Documents obtained by the Better Government Assn. last year revealed that Fogelson Properties provided the office rent-free and was paying Mr. Scott $10,000 a month as part of the developer's efforts to build the proposed Olympic Village. Mr. Scott was then serving on Mr. Daley's bid committee for the 2016 Olympic Games.