Chicago Public Schools’ annual comprehensive school quality ratings released last week offer good news for most Rogers Park Schools. Eight out of ten Rogers Park schools maintained or increased their scores.
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.
Bolstered by strong college enrollment and college persistence rates among its graduates, the Chicago Math and Science Academy (CMSA) (photo on left) saw its rating increase this year from Level 1 to Level 1+, the highest possible school quality score. With this achievement, CMSA joined New Field School in the elite 1+ category. This is the second year in a row that New Field received a 1+ rating.
Kilmer School (photo on right) continued to enjoy a Level 2+ status, after experiencing a big leap last year from Level 3 to Level 2+.
Sullivan High School principal Chad Adams continued to build on his success last year when he brought Sullivan from Level 3 to Level 2. Sullivan maintained its Level 2 rating thanks in part to the fact that 88.2 percent of its freshman are on track to graduate.
Field School saw its rating dip slightly from Level 2+ to Level 2 and UNO Rogers Park experienced a drop from Level 1+ to Level 2+. Principals at both schools fully expect to reverse this trend next year.
To view CPS’s school quality reports, which rate each Chicago public school in dozens of different categories, CLICK HERE.