Today's news includes a new release from CPS about increases in the "on track" rate -- product of real improvements or changes in reporting, I don't know (do you?). I've included the CPS press release as well as the coverage from BEZ and the Sun Times so you can see what folks are saying and tell us if it's on the up and up. Plus more on violence, closings, and Morgan Park's sports schedule.
Record number of Chicago public school students on track to graduate WBEZ: Almost 75 percent of the sophomores in Chicago Public Schools are on track to graduate this year.
CPS announces low one-year dropouts and high freshmen “on-track-to-graduate Sun-Times: Chicago Public Schools officials early Friday hailed more positive signs for the system: a record low one-year dropout rate and a record high freshmen “on-track-to-graduate” rate.
"Never Leave Your Block" WTTW: A new book looks at Bucktown's transformation -- from gang territory to stomping ground for new gentrifiers. We talk with author and former Chicago Sun-Times reporter Scott Jacobs.
In Chicago, Proof Positive That Mentoring Decreases Youth Violence U.S. News & World Report: A large social science research study by the University of Chicago Crime Lab, in partnership withChicago Public Schools and local nonprofits, found that counseling and mentoring actually work.
Aldermen want hearings on school closings Tribune: Chicago Public Schools officials say publicly that there is no specific school-closing plan, but aldermen and other sources have told the Tribune that discussions focus on closing 80 to 120 sparsely populated and underperforming schools.
CTU's Next Fight: School Closures NBC: The Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools are both celebrating the official and historic teacher contract, but it's clear the battles aren't over.
Teacher strike in Evergreen Park SD 124 could last a while Sun Times: A teachers strike in Evergreen Park School District 124 that started Tuesday might not be settled until at least next week, a union spokesman said.
Young people register to vote in Daley Plaza WBEZ: Hundreds of students from the 22 campuses of Youth Connection Charter Schools came downtown to sign up to vote Thursday. Youth Connection Charter Network serves kids who have dropped out of regular Chicago public schools.
Morgan Park playoff hopes get a boost SouthtownStar: Officially at least, one top-level Chicago Public Schools football team will have a full nine-game schedule this year. That distinction goes to Morgan Park, thanks to a quirk in the Public League schedule.
McCormick Foundation awards 'Why News Matters' grants Tribune: Other Chicago recipients include: Alternative Schools Network, City Colleges, DePaul University, Erie Neighborhood House, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, Illinois Humanities Council, Local Initiatives Support Corp., Northwestern ...
Lake View High chosen as Microsoft Pathfinder school Bizjournals: Lake View High School in Chicago was one of six schools inducted as part of the new class of Microsoft Innovative Pathfinder schools, the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant said.
CPS Freshmen See Highest “On-Track” to Graduate Percentage on Record
This is the Fifth Consecutive Year of Increasing Freshmen On-Track Percentage;
2011-2012 School Year Dropout Rate is Lowest on Record
Chicago – Chicago Public Schools (CPS) today announced that the rate for freshmen on-track to graduate for School Year (SY) 2011-2012 is the highest on record at 74.8 percent, up 2.2 percentage points from 2011. This is the fifth consecutive year of growth for the freshmen on-track rate, for a total increase of 17.7 percentage points since 2007. Additionally, the one-year dropout rate for SY 2011-2012 is the lowest on record, at 7.6 percent. This is the fourth consecutive year of a decrease in the dropout rate; in 2008, the dropout rate was 12 percent, and CPS has had approximately 5,000 fewer dropouts since that year.
“The highest on-track rates and the lowest dropout rates we have seen in recent years are another encouraging sign of the progress our students are making, thanks to the great work and remarkable things our teachers do every day in the classroom,” said CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard. “We’ve seen record ISAT and ACT scores for our students as well, but we know more can and must be done. This year’s implementation of the Full School Day and year provide additional tools and resources for teachers and principals to support our students and the opportunity to continue this momentum.”
According to the Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR), freshmen who are on-track are three and a half times more likely to graduate from high school in four years than students who are off-track. The measurement looks at course grades and credits in the first year of high school and students are considered on-track at the end of their freshman year if they accumulated at least five course credits and failed no more than one semester course in a core subject (English, math, social science, or science) during the school year. For SY 2011-2012, the freshman on-track rate increased across the board for white, African-American, and Hispanic students.
The one-year dropout rate is the percent of students enrolled in grades nine through twelve at any time during a school year who dropped out during that year. For SY 2011-2012, the dropout rate went down across the board among white, African American and Hispanic students.
In addition to an increase of freshman on-track to graduate, CPS also recently announced that students in the District are scoring higher than ever before on the ACT, suggesting that students are not only more likely to stay on-track to graduate, but they are also performing better. Students recorded the highest average ACT score on record at 17.6, with an increase of 0.4 scale score points over 2011. This is the largest one-year growth that students have recorded since 2004. The 2012 ACT data also indicated that 8.9 percent of CPS students met college readiness bench marks in all four tests (reading, math, science, and English), an increase of 1.0 percentage point from last year.
Last month, CPS announced that CPS students also recorded the highest project graduation rate on record: 60.6 percent. Additionally, college enrollment hit an all-time record and was up for the seventh consecutive year: 59.5 percent of CPS graduates from the class of 2011 having enrolled in college. This reflects an increase of 3.8 percentage points over the class of 2010.