ISAT 2012

Today's news includes a segment from WBEZ on science in the 4th grade ISAT, so let's talk about how it's going this year -- any changes, better or worse, for kids or teachers or schools?  Here's the CPS page of links and instructions, in case you're interested.  Lots of webinars, it looks like.  Here's the ISBE page, which warns that there are a few Common Core questions in there but not that many.  Here's Alain Locke Charter School bragging about its ISAT increases (12-91 percent).  Hmm.  Other education news includes a Catalyst update on restorative justice, a CPS Obsessed update on how hard/easy it is for Tier 4 kids to get into SE schools, the closing of St. Scholastica, etc.

Fourth grade ISAT makes science lab a popular destination WBEZ:  A strange thing happens around this time of year at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry: busloads of school kids flock to one laboratory.

Campaign wants an end to tough discipline in CPS Catalyst: Orr Academy High School student Malachi Hoye underwent extensive training in restorative justice with the organization Blocks Together.

Another Way to Look at the Tier System (and more data!) CPSO: I don’t think we’ve seen these “qualified numbers” so far.   So based on the TIER spots, the Tier 4kids have 30% of the pool gunning for 17.5% of the spots.  The “quirk” as SPrep points out. However comparing this to WBEZ’s overall SE share by tier 20%/20%/26%/35% we see that the shares by qualified Tier applicants fall out pretty closely, with kids in Tier 4 actually having a BETTER shot at an SE spot than any other tier (thanks to the rank spots, not the tier spots which ARE tougher for tier 4 kids to get.)

North Side’s Saint Scholastica Academy to close in June Sun Times: Saint Scholastica Academy — the all-girls Catholic school on Chicago’s far North Side that produced the city’s only female mayor, Jane Byrne — will close at the end of this school year in June.

Long view at South Loop still a bit hazy Chicago Journal: Earlier this week, officials from Chicago Public Schools met with parents and faculty at South Loop Elementary, 1212 S. Plymouth Ct., to discuss the agency's plans to gradually close out the school's regional gifted program.

Parents Hungry for Information on “Pink Slime” - Mar 14 Beyond Chron: Chicago Public Schools, which use the SFUSD vendor Preferred Meal Systems for their elementary schools, has already issued a public statement that their meat is “pink slime” free, based on the information they received from Preferred.

Reformer to oversee charter schools as city's deputy mayor of education Indianapolis Star: Kloth's proposed $120000 salary would be a significant pay cut, the mayor's office said, noting he turned down a job with Chicago Public Schools to come here.

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