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Chicago, Stop Failing Students

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PURE has just issued an updated proposal to Ron Huberman, detailing how Chicago Public Schools could help rather than harm the students who need help the most. By using the hundred million dollars or so that CPS spends every year to retain students to actually provide support instead of destroying self-confidence and repeating the same process expecting different results. It also includes my analysis of the sharp racial disparities of the policy.

http://pureparents.org/data/files/prompolproprev10-15-09.pdf

Written by Wade

October 19th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

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Update on the testing of a third-grader

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After discussions with numerous people, including lawyers, we decided we were not in the right position to opt our son out of the state test this year. Our son took the ISAT this spring. According to Chicago Public Schools Promotion Policy, if he scores below the 24th percentile in the small nationally normed subset of math or reading, he MUST attend summer school, despite the fact that he has had excellent grades (A’s and B’s) in these subjects all year.

We have filed a FOIA request for a copy of our son’s test, answers and scoring.

We have also requested the promotion and retention data and report that Chicago Public Schools is supposed to make available to us, according to their own promotion policy. Our request was first made in the fall of 2008. We have yet to receive it.

We are aware the Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE) has filed a FOIA request for the CPS retention and promotion data. PURE has also requested information regarding how many students last year were affected by the rescore, and whether the state standard scores and categories align to the subset of nationally normed standard scores and categories that CPS uses for promotion. In addition, PURE has requested from ISBE the psychometric data with regard to individual students (i.e. is the test valid and reliable at a per-student level, or only when aggregated?).

Written by Wade

May 10th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

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