Test Scores Rise (Sorta)

Test Scores Rise (Sorta)

Chicago sees increasing test scores despite stormy year WBEZ: Chicago school officials say that despite a tumultuous school year, the city’s elementary school students improved on state standardized exams... School officials say 65 percent of schools showed improvements. The district re-calculated ISAT scores going back to 2001 using the new state cut scores, so student performance can be compared across years.

Fewer Chicago students make grade on ISAT Chicago Tribune: Chicago Public Schools officials revealed Tuesday that only 52.5 percent of the district's elementary students met or exceeded state academic standards in the last school year. That's a nearly 22-percentage-point plunge from a year earlier. 

Council committee passes gun proposals Chicago Tribune: ... after the General Assembly's passage of a statewide concealed carry law and amid criticism he has been getting from parents of children who will have to walk through violent neighborhoods this fall because he closed dozens of Chicago public schools

Hearings in federal lawsuits to halt Chicago school closings begin Chicago Sun-Times: His school has been caught up in the Chicago Public Schools' historic closing plan, though, and now he's getting ready to switch over to Lowell Elementary School in the fall. But his mother, Swan, is among the plaintiffs in a pair of federal lawsuits ...

How Teachers, Entrepreneurs Can Create Common Ground EdSurge (blog)
Murphy tapped into her networks at Chicago Public Schools (she was previously Director of Curriculum and Instruction there) and drew a crowd of several hundred local teachers. “The teachers that participate in a user conference are here because they .

Expert sees risks in forcing students to change schools Chicago Tribune: Lipman, who also said research on school closings was limited, testified for the plaintiffs in a hearing on two lawsuits filed by the Chicago Teachers Union on behalf of parents that seek to stop Chicago Public Schools from closing 49 elementary

Interim at Ray resigns old post Hyde Park Herald: Hill was appointed as the interim principal at Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., by John Price, chief of schools for the Burnham Park Elementary Network at Chicago Public Schools (CPS), in April after the abrupt removal of principal Tatia Beckwith and ...

Summer learning to earn 'digital badges'  Catalyst: A group of high school students crowds around white posters with colorful headings describing various types of wellness, including “Intellectual” and “Spiritual.”


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  • Per the Tribune from yesterday: "CPS expects to post the school by school data online later this afternoon." Where is this posted? Also, the state didn't just lower the cut score, they changes the test and incorporated common core aligned questions. How can CPS just "adjust" previous scores for comparison purposes? Seems to me like they are comparing apples to oranges.

  • The Chicago Public Schools yesterday released a statement on the standardized test scores of elementary school students with disabilities using the Illinois State Standards Test (ISAT). This year the Illinois State Board of Education raised what is called the cut scores for meeting or exceeding standards on the ISAT and the percentage of all students meeting or exceeding was expected to drop sharply.

    Only 52.5 percent of the district's elementary students met or exceeded state academic standards in 2013 covering math, reading, and science. Which is a nearly 22-percentage-point plunge from a year earlier.

    CPS did not think it was fair to compare the percentages of students meeting or exceeding using the new more difficult cut scores so they performed what is called a recalculation of all ISAT test scores going back to 2001 for comparative purposes. Based on this approach CPS issued a press release stating: "Chicago Public Schools today released preliminary data from the 2013 Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) showing that the District’s Meets or Exceeds (M/E) composite scores grew by 1.8 percent this year marking 12 years of progress made by CPS elementary school students with 65% of all schools increasing their M/E scores."

    The press release discussed various demographic groups, but not students with disabilities, I wondered why? Today I was able to download the full CPS report including the recalculated current data for students with disabilities and for those without. What did it show?

    In 2013 16.5% of CPS elementary school students who were tested on the ISAT meet or exceeded state standards, in 2012 using the recalculated data only 15.5% were meeting or exceeding state standards. So on the face of it there was a small improvement. But federal law under the No Child Left Behind Act measures disabled students relative to the performance of their non-disabled peers using the "gap" between their performance scores as the critical indicator. So looked at in this way we see in 2013 57.8% CPS non-disabled elementary school students were meeting or exceeding standards and back in 2012 55.8% of non-disabled elementary school students were meeting or exceeding standards.

    So in terms of the "gap" in 2012 it was 40.3 percentage points and in 2013 it was 41.3 points. Comparatively year to year things actually got worse for disabled CPS students compared to non-disabled students even using CPS recalculated data. But to put this in perspective if we go back to 2001 and look at the "gap" between CPS students with and without disabilities we find it was only 19 percentage points.

    Simply put students with disabilities in the Chicago Public Schools have been left completely behind.

    Rod Estvan

  • Where does this end? CPS neglect of educating students with disabilities? Where will we be in 10, 20 years? I can't even imagine.

  • Charters didn't do as well as neighborhood schools on the latest ISATs, notes @ericzorn http://ow.ly/n4qnp

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