"Smooth Start" For New Year?

"Smooth Start" For New Year?

New cut scores and tougher tests in NY, KY, and other states have led to lots of hand-wringing and finger-pointing, and the Tribune asks if the same thing is likely to happen here.  Meantime: a "smooth start" to the school year for CPS, a Magic Johnson high school in Chicago, and comments from earlier in the week about teacher diversity, the new "unified" rating system, and charter school budgeting.  Budget deal?  Haven't seen anything about it in days.

NEW EXAMS

State's new exams will put grade school students to the test Tribune: In Illinois, scores on the March exams are likely to drop not only because of the tougher questions but also because last school year the state raised the scores required to pass ISATs in reading and math. The threshold to pass or "meet standards" varies by test and grade, based on the number of correct answers that correspond to a particular score. After the scores required to pass were boosted by 13 to 30 points, thousands more students flunked.

CPS

CPS Excited Over Smooth Start Southwest News-Herald:  But Byrd-Bennett pointed to the smooth beginning for Chicago Public Schools as a good start. She congratulated students, teachers, parents, community ...

Illinois system fails to protect students from abuse Tribune: The shortcomings — including secrecy, hiring loopholes, communication lapses, lax background checks and delays in disciplinary action — have allowed some educators involved in improper, and in some cases criminal, conduct to stay in classrooms or get other jobs that provide access to students, the newspaper found.

Chicago becomes 'The City of Broken Promises' Gazette Chicago: To end the 2010 standoff, the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) promised not to demolish the field house, to construct a library, and to lease the building to the ...

SCHOOL NEWS

Magic Johnson Alternative High School Plans to Open a Roseland Campus DNAI; A second campus for the Magic Johnson Bridgescape high school will open next month in Roseland.
Shoesmith Elementary Scrambling to Hit Enrollment Target DNAI: The principal says fundraising to restore curriculum will continue regardless of enrollment numbers.
iPads Stolen From Suburban Elementary School NBC Chicago: Earlier this week 10 people were charged in connection with the theft of hundreds of laptops and iPads from Drake Elementary in Chicago. An eleventh person, a Chicago teen who lived near the school, turned himself in and was charged Thursday.

Community struggles with Whittier field house demolition Gazette Chicago:  On August 16, during an evening community dance class, a crew sent by theChicago Public Schools fenced the property and began the demolition process of a ...
Are private schools tipping the scales of educational equality? WBEZ: We discuss whether or not the private school system is impeding the progression of public schools by providing an alternative to fixing them.

NATIONAL

Facing federal funding freeze, Success to nix lottery preference GothamSchools: The charter school network is making the revision under pressure from the U.S. Department of Education, which has mandated the change as a condition to continue receiving $15 million in grants aimed at helping Success expand its reach.

Seattle Teachers Approve Contract, Avert Strike TeacherBeat: With a show of hands last night, Seattle teachers voted to approve a new two-year contract, ending the possibility of a strike and ensuring that students returned to school on time today.

Family income not a factor as students eat free AP: Some students toted lunchboxes to the first day of school in Boston this week, but district administrators are expecting that could become a more unusual sight as parents learn about a federal program that is now providing all public school students in the city with free breakfast and lunch....

 

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