Today's education news includes a listing of schools with top ACT scorers (just two or three are CPS), a Tribune feature on a literacy push in some CPS schools, a new report about teacher absence policies costing instructional time and big money, and Tim Furman on the need for an elected school board. (See previous posts for updates on the new Board meeting sign-up process and the effort to slow down the school closing process.) Chicago-area schools produce multiple top ACT scores among students Tribune: Seven of the top 10 Chicago-area high schools with the best combined test scores on the Prairie State Achievement Exam — which includes the ACT and is taken by all juniors in the state — recorded multiple 36s in the class of 2013, according to the Illinois State Board of Education's recently released annual school report cards.
Literacy push opens new chapters for young readers Tribune: Inside a Cardenas Elementary School classroom in Chicago's Little Village, Marisela Aguirre's students gather to review their latest vocabulary list. Using flash cards that include words including "coax," "wheezes" and "smidgen."
Can you kill an idea? WBEZ: The Taliban believes that women have few and limited rights and no need for education. Over the years the Taliban has destroyed 200 girl schools in Pakistan. They have also tried and subsequently beaten and publically humiliated women and girls who sought out education or any form of social freedom.
Improving Teacher Attendance Will Increase Student Achievement, Save School District Resources NYT: Today a new study from the Center for American Progress sheds light on the often overlooked problem of excessive teacher absence and makes a case for how our nation’s school districts can improve student achievement
Dear Illinois Legislature Tim Furman: First, the people of Chicago have spoken very clearly (over 86% of those voting) indicated that they want to vote for the members of their school board, like residents of every other town in the state.