CPS Releases NWEA Scores - But Not ISATs

CPS Releases NWEA Scores - But Not ISATs

Big news of the day is the release of the latest NWEA scores -- which are up in many ways -- but not the ISATs, which have gotten harder and probably didn't come out as well. Also big is the return of Karen Lewis from vacation, doing the media rounds to fan speculation about her mayoral run.

TEST SCORES

CPS test scores show gains in grades 2 through 8 Tribune: CPS did not release the results of the ISAT, which is still mandated by the state and federal law, saying those numbers were just received. Last year with the state raising the benchmarks for what it takes to pass the ISAT to better align with Common Core, CPS test scores dropped dramatically.

Mayor Emanuel, CEO Byrd-Bennett Announce Improved CPS Elementary ... eNews Park Forest: Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett today announced that students in every grade from 2 through 8 showed gains in both math and reading and continue to make progress against their peers nationally,

CPS: Students' scores in reading, math improve for grades 2 to 8 Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago Public Schools released its analysis Thursday of the standardized test scores it uses to rate teachers, schools and principals, saying that students in grades two through eight showed improvement in both reading and math.

CPS touts rising NWEA scores Catalyst: More students scored above national norms this past year on the new standardized tests CPS is using than in the previous school year. About 51.5 percent of elementary school students are performing at national norms in reading and 49 percent in math, compared to around 46 percent in both...

POLITICS

As Karen Lewis chats up media, Rahm plays it safe Chicago Tribune: Meanwhile, Karen Lewis, boss of the Chicago Teachers Union, invigorated by her recent Hawaiian vacation, did something she knows how to do: drive him crazy.

Karen Lewis 'seriously considering' a run for mayor MyFox Chicago: In an interview with FOX 32's Darlene Hill, Chicago Teacher's Union President Karen Lewis said she is seriously considering running for mayor. Lewis said she began considering the position after several people told her she would be good for the job.

CTU Chief Karen Lewis says a '50-50' chance she'll run for mayor Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said Thursday she has formed an exploratory committee that will start raising money and circulating nominating petitions for a race for mayor, but there's still a "50-50" chance she may not challenge Rahm ..

Lewis considers 'tale of two cities' theme vs. Emanuel Chicago Tribune: Apparently refreshed from her Hawaiian vacation, Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, used the French Revolution as metaphor today in talking about Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Lewis says she'll take months before deciding on Emanuel challenge Chicago Tribune: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis on Thursday refused to close the door on a run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel, but said it could be months before she decides.

TENURE

'Tenure-haters' big delusion' Zorn: Tribune columnist links to recent Slate and Salon articles and lets the commentariat do their thing.

PEOPLE

Michelle Obama, Laura Bush push for girls' education Chicago Daily Herald: Mrs. Bush "set a high bar for me during her time in the White House" and has long been a source of inspiration, Mrs.Obama said. "I consider her not just a role model but also a friend," the first lady said.

Comings and Goings: Peters, Sheren, Swanson, Rivera Catalyst: Harrison Peters, a former CPS chief of schools, is now the chief school officer for the Houston Independent School District in Texas. Peters was with CPS for the past four years. Amy Sheren is leaving her position as executive director of the Chicago Foundation for Education and relocating to...

'Bad Ass Moms' Defend Chicago Public Schools In These Times: Last August, as the summer break came to an end, Chicagoparent Rousemary Vega was devastated. Three months prior, the city had voted to close a record-high 50 public schools, including Lafayette Elementary in Humboldt Park, where her children had ...

DROPOUTS

Retrieving thousands of Chicago kids who slip through the cracks Chicago Tribune; Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett promised improvement in the wake of the 2012 Tribune investigation. But in the following school year, truancy and absenteeism rates in certain elementary grades actually worsened.

NATIONAL

Take a peek at some of the newly released NY state reading questions Chalkbeat: Below are two reading sections, one from grade 3 and another from grade 8, along with handwritten student responses to questions. We took all of the them from the State Education Department’s set.

Just How Hard Are Common Core Tests? See For Yourself HuffPost: New York State's Department of Education released about half of the questions that were used on this year's math and English tests, allowing the public to see what kinds of items were on the controversial Common Core tests.

Education Reform Is Becoming A Celebrity Cause NPR: Celebrities are becoming a prominent fixture in the debate over K-12 education.  Comic Louis C.K. is one of many celebrities to come down hard on the Common Core academic standards. And NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas wrote an op-ed in support of the Common Core.

Tests That Look Like Video Games NPR: Imagine you're playing a computer game that asks you to design a poster for the school fair. You're fiddling with fonts, changing background colors and deciding what activity to feature: Will a basketball toss appeal to more people than a pie bake-off?

Feds Single Out Va. Schools For Restraining And Isolating Misbehaving Students WAMU: The U.S. Department of Education has singled out two Virginia schools for routinely putting students in isolation or physically restraining them in response to misbehavior.

Why I'll Never Read Another Parenting Book NPR:  Anxious parents are big business, and parenting books — along with baby monitors that track breathing, baby baths that digitally control water temperature and tutors for preschoolers — are an important segment of the insecurity economy.

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