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10-27-2011, 09:43 AM
From Chicago Tribune (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/education/ct-met-cps-board-1027-20111027,0,5484171.story) by Joel Hood and Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah:

After years of futility inside the classroom, Chicago Public Schools soon will adopt a more rigorous internal evaluation system that judges schools on how well they prepare students for college, a move that could lead to more school closings in the years ahead.

The previous school evaluation method simply looked at the number of students who met Illinois Standards Achievement Test benchmarks, an unreliable college readiness indicator, Sicat said.

CPS wants to make sure parents are aware of how their child's school stacks up, so along with their kids' report cards, parents will be given a chart detailing the school's performance against benchmarks such as district assessments and college readiness scores, which are more closely aligned with the Common Core State Standards curriculum the district needs to implement by 2014.

CPS officials also announced that beginning next spring they'll use a different type of assessment test matched to the ACT and college readiness standards to determine how prepared their high schoolers are for college.

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