Report Card Rollout

Watch out! The new CPS school report cards are out online in advance of report card pickup tomorrow and Thursday, and they're variously described as dismal, confusing, inaccurate, and ghetto.  Take a look and let us know what you think about the new information.

New CPS ‘progress reports’ could confuse parents Sun Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard unveiled a new website that allows parents to click “push-points’’ on an online map and see how their schools — and many others throughout the city — performed on an abbreviated version of the school progress reports, featuring only nine indicators.

A map intended to help parents make education choices is full of errors Welles Park Bulldog: Yet, as seen in our screen grab image, errors abound on the map, with schools mislabeled, misplaced and difficult to find.

Emanuel touts new school report cards showing dismal results WBEZ: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he expects new report cards for city schools to spark discussion around a lot of kitchen tables in Chicago.

How Ghetto Is Your School? NBC:  Fenger students have complained about their school’s ghetto reputation. Now, the CPS has found a way to quantify just how ghetto its schools are.

Testing suggests CPS classes will struggle with tougher program Tribune: In a meeting with parents Monday at Perez Elementary School on the city's West Side, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard saw how even the best CPS schools will struggle to measure up when the district adopts a more...

 

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  • As Welles Park Bulldog has noted, the map is full of errors. Many schools are in the wrong places or (perhaps) are missing. Maybe this kind of sloppy work tells us something about Central Office and their ability to run a large and complex school system. If you can't get the details right, you probably don't understand the big picture.

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    Thank you hcricks. We at The Dog appreciate that.

    A little follow-up, the Mayor's Press Office just called and said our story had errors. The only error they cited was that we looked for charters and the map apparently doesn't have any.

    They wanted us to take it down.

    I don't want to get long-winded about this, but there are still errors here, even accounting for the missing charters. There are schools missing or mislocated. Isn't that an issue too?

    As you note, this type of sloppiness makes the entire data set suspect.

    And we'll note, we didn't call this map "comprehensive." That was the City.

    I'll climb on the soap box here and lecture the 20-something PR aid, YOU NEVER SAID ANYTHING IN YOUR PRESS ABOUT THE CHARTERS NOT BEING ON THE MAP. NO, WE DIDN'T GO TO YOUR PRESSER. NEITHER DID MOST OF THE CITY. STOP BLAMING THE AUDIENCE FOR NOT LIKING YOUR SHOW.

    Sorry for shouting. But really, take a story down because it points at the elephant in the room, then ask for help in identifying the problems? No. Call the blog that "covers" our neighborhood.

    We have more on our site, but you get the picture.

  • here's the official release from city hall yesterday, for anyone who wants to take a look

    http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/city/en/depts/mayor/press_room/press_releases/2011/november_2011/mayor_emanuel_cpsunveilinteractiveonlinemapwherepubliccanviewall.html

  • here's a spreadsheet that might be more usable than the map --
    esp if it allows comparisons among schools in the same areas, etc.

    https://data.cityofchicago.org/Education/Chicago-Public-Schools-Progress-Report-Cards-2011-/9xs2-f89t

  • Alexander, a different picture of you?

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