Sifting Through Test Results

Today's news includes a bit of followup from the recent release of test score data from last spring and some words from Brizard about longer school days and charters and all of that.  Hows' the reaction been from teachers and parents at your school to the test scores going public?  Is this shaping up to be a good year or a very bad one?  Sometimes you can already tell by now.

Illinois' high school juniors can't hide from state exams Tribune: Willowbrook High earns national accolades for its academics, yet fewer than half of the west suburban school's students who took state standardized tests this spring scored at grade level in reading.

Poor AYP numbers are a fact, but not the whole story Sun-Times: North Chicago High School performed the lowest on state testing. The school had the lowest ACT composite score in the county with a 15.5.

Brizard weighs in on charter school issue ABC: Chicago Public School's CEO Jean Claude Brizard said longer school days at CPS charter schools is just a natural evolution.

Brizard: Study is More Support for Longer Day Fox: Chicago Public Schools Brizard also said that he expects the longer day to be held up in court, despite a labor board's ruling.

Meeting with Brizard! CPSObsessed:  Of course I will have to slip in as “consistent grading scales!” comment before I leave.

Experts: Half of foster kids quit high school AP:  Nearly 94 percent of those that do make it through high school do not finish college, according to a 2010 study from Chapin Hall, the University of Chicago's research arm. Some members of Congress and advocates are trying to strengthen laws to ensure.

Despite Budget Cuts, City Plans New Youth Homeless Shelter CNC:  There are currently 189 emergency shelter beds in the city for homeless youth. The proposed shelter would use $250,000 in city funds and add an additional 15 and 20 beds.

Library cuts called ‘devastating’ — and confusing CMS:  They’re scratching their heads over a budget proposal that cuts hours and staff to reduce the library budget by $10 million, while increasing the budget for capital improvements at libraries by $11 million.

Truancy solutions absent Tribune: Despite spending more than $175 million over the last decade to keep kids in school, Illinois faces a truancy problem that has only worsened, reaching epidemic levels in some ofChicago's most troubled schools.

Racial disparity creates tension in Chicago Public Schools ChicagoTalks: At least six speakers brought up the issue of race and how it has affected them personally and the dynamics of education at their local schools.

Not Enough Nurses at Public Schools, Local School Council Members Say ChicagoTalks: Swanson is concerned not enough nurses are on staff to address his daughter’s medical needs at Steinmetz Academic Centre, the neighborhood high school Christine attends along with more than 2,000 students.


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