While most of the nation’s attention was focused on new test results showing how big city school systems like Chicago compare to each other and statewide averages, most of the attention in Chicago was going towards the Board meeting in which decisions were made over Ames, the Lincoln Elementary annex, and the proposed change to the location of CPS HQ downtown. Oh, and it’s less than a week until Christmas — hang in there!
Board of Ed meets to talk CPS headquarters move WBEZ: The Chicago Board of Education met for their monthly meeting Wednesday and discussed the district moving its headquarters, and the new requirement for fingerprints from parents hoping to volunteer at kids’ schools. Catalyst Chicago’s Sarah Karp has details from the meeting.
Logan Square school will become military academy Sun Times: Logan Square’s Ames Middle School will become a military academy, officials said.
Board members approve Ames military conversion Catalyst: These proposals garnered outside attention because they spoke to larger CPS issues. Putting a military school into Ames drew opposition from those opposed to the “militarization” of schools. CPS has more military schools than any district in the country and they are seen by critics as recruiting tools. Others criticized the Lincoln addition as unfair. Many other schools are more overcrowded than Lincoln Elementary School, which is in the wealthy Lincoln Park area and serves many well-connected families.
Board of Education votes to move CPS headquarters Chicago Tribune: Chicago Public Schools board members voted unanimously today to move the district’s headquarters to a different downtown location in a …
Sears’ flagship store in Loop likely shrinking with CPS moving inChicago Sun-Times
Dearborn could be radically downsized based on new details released Wednesday about the new tenant in the building — Chicago Public Schools.
Lincoln Elementary Annex Wins OK Despite Objections DNAI: Ald. Michele Smith supported the addition over protests in the immediate community.
CPS May Enact District-Wide Grading Scale as Whitney Young … DNAinfo: Chicago Public Schools may move toward a unifrom grading scale next year. Whitney young is one school that would be affected. View Full Caption.
Danger often on minds of Chicago teens who make long treks to school Tribune: The sun had not yet risen over the city Tuesday when a 15-year-old girl left her home in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood and headed out in the dark toward her charter high school nearly 6 miles away. Before she reached the end of her block, she was…
‘Growing Pains’ Ease at CPS’ Largest Welcoming School: Wicker Principal DNAI: Nine teachers have left and been replaced at Jose de Diego Community Academy, which serves 900 students.
Test-score gap widens between white, black students in Chicago Chicago Sun-Times: Black Chicago Public Schools students fell further behind whites in three of four key measures, according to the 2013 National Assessment of …
MEDIA / UNIONS
WBEZ reporters, producers, hosts vote to form union Sun Times: Workers at Chicago Public Media — most of whom work at the public radio station WBEZ 91.5 — voted overwelmingly to form a union Wednesday night.
URBAN DISTRICT TEST RESULTS
Decade-Long Study Of Big City Schools Finds Better Math, Reading NPR: Ten years after education researchers began focusing on big city school systems and monitoring their math and reading scores, there’s good news to report. Today, fourth and eighth graders in many of the nation’s largest cities have made impressive gains. Surprisingly, school systems with large numbers of low income children have exceeded the national average in both subjects.
Urban Students’ Progress Quickens WSJ: America’s large urban school districts are making faster progress on federal elementary math and reading tests than the nation as a whole, but they are still underperforming national averages, according to data released Wednesday.
Test scores of urban school districts improve faster than nation over past 10 years Hechinger Report: Wide achievement gaps between large cities, often with huge concentrations of low-income minorities, and the average U.S. student have closed by as much as 43 percent. Washington DC, which lags the nation in both math and reading, showed huge gains among fourth and eighth graders in both subjects since 2003 and 2011.
City Students Improve Test Scores, But Still Lag Significantly HuffPost: In Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; and Hillsborough County, Fla., math and reading scores were higher than average for big cities. Students in Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Washington, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Fresno, Calif., were below average in both subjects. Washington, D.C. — a standard bearer for what’s known as the education reform movement since former school chancellor Michelle Rhee’s tumultuous tenure at D.C. Public Schools — was the only city to show score increases in both grades in both subjects since 2011.
Report: Schools in American Cities Are Still a Mess Atlantic Education: A new report from the National Center for Education Statistics shows just how big the gap often is between urban districts and their suburban and rural peers. Urban districts outperformed their states in only a few cases. Generally, though, urban district’s average scores were well below the average score in their state. Even though Massachusetts ranked high on the state-by-state NAEP report, Boston is almost 20 points behind the state average in fourth grade math.
LAUSD students improve English, math scores on national tests LA Daily News: The biggest bump in LAUSD’s scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests came over the past two years, with an especially good showing by African-American youngsters, the report said.
New York City scores flat on national exam, though up over last decade Chalkbeat NY: Between 2011 and 2013, New York City saw small score increases in fourth and eighth grade math and in eighth grade reading, but none were statistically significant. That closely mirrors the statewide results, which saw only one significant increase, in fourth grade math. It also puts New York City in the company of most other urban districts, since only eight of 21 districts had one or more scores increase significantly.
New York City Students Show Slight Gains on Test Scores NYT: from a national testing program revealed a steady but incremental improvement in student performance during the Bloomberg era.
In One NYC School, A Snapshot Of Bloomberg’s Education Legacy NPR: Since he took office, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has closed and consolidated schools, created hundreds of new ones and championed the use of data to measure performance. Washington Irving High School, scheduled to close in 2015, offers a window on the changes he’s brought to the city’s vast school system.
Leaders of teachers union, business group join forces to support Common Core Washington Post: “This came from the bottom up, this didn’t come out of Washington,” said Engler, who called the standards an “economic and moral imperative.”
Teach For America: We Support the Common Core TeacherBeat: TFA goes on record to support the common-core standards.
Only 3 students scored college-ready in Camden, NJ AP: The new school superintendent in Camden, N.J., says it was a “kick-in-the-stomach moment” when he learned that only three district high school students who took the SAT this year scored as college-ready….
Flipping the traditional definition of ‘homework’ WBEZ: Instead of asking students to do high level thinking for homework, teachers assign video lectures and then work on problems and projects at school. WBEZ producer Becky Vevea visited a school downstate—Havana High School—that is flipping instruction. Her report aired on the Morning Shift on December 18, 2013.
U.S. Department of Education Still Not an Awesome Place to Work PoliticsK12: Compared to 2003, Education Department employees are giving the agency—and their boss, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan—higher marks for providing effective leadership and fostering teamwork. Generally, among all mid-size agencies, Education Department officials seem to be fairly satisfied with their pay. However, it’s important to note the survey was done before the October government shutdown.