Chicago Public Schools (CPS) yesterday released its annual comprehensive school quality ratings,offering some very good news for our local schools. Five of the seven Rogers Park schools that were rated last year saw their scores INCREASE and no school experienced a decrease. And three of our schools received a Level 1 score or better.
Rather than 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.
For the first time this year, CPS used five categories of performance, rather than the former three, thus providing a clearer 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
New Field School (photo on left) and UNO Rogers Park High School, earned the coveted Level 1+ category. New Field was rated Level 1 last year. This was the first year UNO Rogers Park was rated, having just opened a year ago.
Earning a Level 1 rating for the second year in a row was the Chicago Math and Science Academy.
Significantly, for the first time since the evaluation system was implemented, no Rogers Park School was ranked at Level 3. Kilmer School made amazing progress in the past year, moving from Level 3 status to Level 2+ in just one year.
Gale School (photo on right), which recently received additional support from the CPS Office of Strategic Support Services, saw its score increase from Level 3 to Level 2. Field School moved from Level 2 to Level 2+. AndSullivan High School moved from Level 3 to Level 2 after seeing its attendance rate skyrocket and its dropout and expulsion rates plummet.
Jordan School remained at Level 2, but a dynamic new principal just assumed the helm at Jordan and I anticipate great progress in next year’s evaluation.
I am convinced more than ever that the principal of a school can make a huge difference. All of our schools are now blessed with young, dynamic and innovative principals, who have inspired their teachers, staff and students to excel. The success of a neighborhood is inextricably tied to the success of its local schools. Here in Rogers Park, we are achieving that success.
Congratulations to all our local schools on a job well done!