Periodically, Wee Windy City features a guest post from another parent or organization that has an interesting perspective to share on raising kids in Chicago. Today’s guest post
was written by The Illinois Parent Information Resource Center, an
initiative of the Center for Community Arts Partnerships (CCAP) at
Columbia College Chicago. It is funded by the United States Department
of Education and supports school improvement through parent
engagement. Working with partners statewide, Illinois PIRC uses an
arts-based, intergenerational, community-centered approach to parent
involvement that meets the educational needs of children and parents. Watch their video or visit their website to learn more.
As a parent, you have the right to know how well your child is doing in school. That’s why you receive periodic report cards.
But did you realize that you have a right to know how well your child’s school is doing, too?
report cards are an important way for you to find out about the
performance of your child’s school and your child’s overall
performance. They include data on every school in Illinois and compare
the performance of your child’s school with others in your district.
Here are 7 things that school report cards will include:
Overall student performance on tests;
A comparison of student performance and the state’s goals for yearly progress;
The percentage of students not tested;
Student graduation and dropout rates;
Which school districts are making AYP (annual yearly progress) and
which schools have been identified as needing improvement; and
How test results for your child’s school compare with those of other district schools and the state.
To access your child’s school report card in Illinois, click here.
more information, you can order A Parent’s Handbook: Understanding the
No Child Left Behind Act (Channing Bete Company, Inc., 2006) free of
charge from Illinois PIRC.