National Test Scores - And TeacherFit

Today's education news begins with NAEP math and reading scores for the nation and the states, plus and update on the CTU lawsuit against the use of TeacherFit:

‘Nation’s Report Card’ has little good news for nation or Illinois Sun Times: Just a little more than one-third of the students were proficient or higher in reading. In math, 40 percent of the fourth-graders and 35 percent of the …

'Nation's Report Card' shows Illinois grade-schoolers' results are still low for reading but improving in math Tribune:  One in 3 Illinois grade school students have the skills needed to proficiently read a work of literature or pinpoint the main idea of an expository essay, according to the results of a national exam released Tuesday.

Aldermen send 'Dear Rahm' letter Tribune:  A majority of the Chicago City Council fired off a letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday, expressing concerns about the administration's proposed cuts to libraries, public health centers, graffiti removal teams and the city's 911 center.

More school details will be given to parents Tribune:  In Chicago Public Schools' efforts to educate parents about the state of their child's school, district officials will be sending home more detailed progress reports than previous years. Parents will pick up progress reports along with student report..

Union files complaint over 'TeacherFit' survey Tribune: The Chicago Teachers Union has filed an unfair labor practice complaint against Chicago Public Schools for implementing a controversial online survey last summer that effectively banned low-performing applicants from teaching in CPS.

Union challenge to teacher screening test faces hurdles Catalyst:  Many of the questions on the CPS version of the TeacherFit are unique to the district – likely including the questions the union is taking issue with – and were developed out of research done by the district's human resources department.

CTU: Longer Day Fight About Equity Fox news:  The battle is heating up over longer school days in Chicago Public Schools, but the teachers union president said teachers aren’t fighting the longer day.

Chicago history teachers to get free resources to fill standards gap Medill Reports: A newly created Chicago history education consortium aims to help these educators fill the standards gap by providing free classroom strategies, materials and grants.

LSC Can’t Get Satisfaction as Morgan Park High School Still Without Principal ChicagoTalks: Carisa Parker, a parent representative on the Local School Council, told school board members at Wednesday’s CPS Board of Education Meeting: “We did not want to begin a school year without 2 key principals in place.”

Chicago Public Schools Largest District to Serve Chicken Raised without Antibiotics PR Newswire: Chicago Public Schools (CPS) today began serving local chicken raised without antibiotics to students in 473 schools.

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