Chicago Public Schools’ annual comprehensive school quality ratings released yesterday offer good news for nearly every Rogers Park school. Nearly half our local schools were rated at a Level 1 or better.
Instead of relying disproportionately on test scores, which often convey a false impression of school quality, CPS’s School Quality Rating Procedure (SQRP) looks at a broad range of indicators of student success. In addition to test scores, the analysis examines student attendance, academic growth and school culture. College enrollment and dropout rates also factor into a high school’s rating.
CPS uses five categories of performance, thus providing a clear picture of the strengths and weaknesses of each school. The five categories for performance from highest to lowest are: Level 1+, Level 1, Level 2+, Level 2 and Level 3.
Field School led the pack as the most improved Rogers Park school this past year. After seeing its rating drop from a Level 2+ to a Level 2 last year, Principal Adrian Dobbins (left) and the Field community stepped up their game. Through their efforts, Field soared two points, up from a Level 2 to a Level 1 status.
Sullivan High School principal Chad Adams (right) continued to build on his success last year when he brought Sullivan from Level 3 to Level 2. This year, Sullivan continued its upward trend, receiving a Level 2+ rating, thanks in part to a nearly 90% college graduation rate and a 10% increase in college enrollment. Now over half of Sullivan’s graduates go on to college.
Jordan School also saw a jump in its rating from Level 2 to Level 1, thanks to the leadership of Jordan’s new principal, Gilberto Piedrahita.
Led by Principal Ali Kuran and bolstered by strong college enrollment and college persistence rates among its graduates, the Chicago Math and Science Academy (CMSA) (left) maintained its Level 1+ rating, the highest possible school quality score.
New Field School also remained in a strong position as a Level 1 school, having seeing its rating drop only slightly from a Level 1+, and Kilmer School maintained its Level 2+ rating after rising from a Level 2 last year.
Gale School continued to maintain a Level 2 rating, but I expect that to change next year under the leadership of its dynamic new principal, Augustine Emuwa (right). “Auggie,” as he has become affectionately known, was key to Sullivan High School’s rise when he served he served there as vice-principal. He was just appointed last August as Gale’s new principal.
Unfortunately, UNO Rogers Park continues to struggle. Rated a Level 1+ school just two years ago, UNO received a Level 2 rating this year. I will be working with CPS administrators to address some of the concerns with the school.
To view CPS’s school quality reports, which rate each Chicago public school in dozens of different categories, CLICK HERE.
In light of Field School’s new Level 1 rating, I have decided to place on a temporary hold my proposal to merge Field and Kilmer schools. I still believe we need to plan for the future and address the issues posed by declining enrollment and under-utilization in our local schools. I look forward to continuing those planning discussions.