So the Tribune digs into the Illinois surveys and finds among other things that CPS kids were generally softer on teachers than suburban kids when it comes to reporting that they don't feel challenged in class.
The number dips as low as 35 percent in some area suburbs, but only dips down to 51 percent in CPS.
Of course being challenged doesn't mean the results are good:
"At some CPS schools, many students reported feeling challenged, and performed poorly on state exams, the Tribune found."
Then again, being challenged usually means that students are being pushed (in a good way) and that they feel engaged (I would argue).
Looking for explanations, the story includes quotes from CPS accountability czar John Barker and CTU VP Jesse Sharkey, both of whom were quoted in ways that made it seem like they were trying to minimize the Tribune's analysis.
Barker says that focusing on the "challenged" question is just one factor (which is a fair point).
Sharkey says that difficult home circumstances make it hard for students to be engaged by students, that discipline issues are a big distraction, and that bored students sometimes say they don't feel challenged even if they're just bored.
Sort of disappointing, right?
What do YOU think accounts for 50-98 percent of CPS kids saying they don't get asked challenging questions in class?
What else is there in the report about your school or the Tribune story that seems notable?
You can look up your school here (look under school environment). According to the Tribune story, apparently neither ISBE nor CPS have provided a whole-district or region by region analysis.