Preliminary ISAT scores are finally out -- interesting timing -- and they're up slightly citywide. But today's big news is probably the fact finding report (or whatever we're calling it) related to the budget negotiations, plus perhaps the Clout Street story noting that Rahm's honeymoon is officially quite over. More below -- let me know if I missed anything.
Elementary test scores hit record but up by tiniest margin since ’05 Sun Times: Chicago’s elementary test scores hit a record high during the first year of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s watch but rose by the smallest margin — only 0.9 of a percentage point — since 2005, preliminary data released Monday indicated.
Record-breaking number of Chicago students meet state standards WBEZ: More Chicago Public Schools students are meeting state standards than ever before, according to preliminary test results. But the overall increase was the smallest it's been in years, just 0.9 percentage points up from last year.
CPS sees improvement in state test scores — but it is the lowest ISAT increase in 7 years Tribune: For reading, 70.3 percent of students met or exceeded standards — an increase of 0.8 of a percentage point — and math scores went up by 1 percentage point to 79.2 percent of students meeting state standards. Science scores also moved up by 0.8 of a percentage point districtwide.
FACT FINDING REPORT
Chicago teachers best paid, or not, depending who you ask Chicago Sun-Times: An independent arbiter is expected to issue his recommendations by Wednesday on how to resolve the dispute over the Chicago Teachers Union contract that expired June 30. At the heart of the dispute is teacher pay.
CPS, teacher's union set to reject arbitrator's report Tribune: The arbitrator is expected to recommend that teacher salaries be increased 15 to 20 percent in the contract's first year, based largely on the longer school day that begins in the fall, sources said. The increase would include hikes for experience and for pursuing graduate degrees, compensation that CPS has tried to eliminate.
Anti-violence program boosts academics WSBEZ: The young men who participated in the Becoming a Man-World Sports program were 44 percent less likely to commit a crime than those not in it. But when they left the program the following year, the gap between the two groups narrowed and the young men from the program were almost as likely to commit crimes as the youth who did not participate.
Good marks for mentoring program aimed at reducing violence Tribune: The district cut mentoring programs by 64 percent, nearly $10.7 million this last school year. The church-based Safe Haven summer program has been cut by $665,000. In the coming year, the district plans to reduce Culture of Calm anti-violence initiatives by $7.7 million.
Crime, schools and race all hound Rahm Emanuel Tribune: Even his closest political allies acknowledge that the honeymoon — at least in the news media — is drawing to a close.
CPS budget favors special programs, charters WBEZ: The number of teacher positions allocated to schools for magnet, selective enrollment and other programs increased by 615. The number of regular classroom teachers, allocated based on student enrollment, decreased by 515 positions.
Mapping Chicago Public Schools priorities WBEZ: Schools with admissions policies—charter, magnet and selective enrollment—see an increase in both funding and positions. About 87 percent of the city’s 100 charter schools will get more money from CPS, compared to just 30 percent of traditional public schools.