From Chicago Tribune by Joel Hood:
Chicago public high school juniors showed improvement on key standardized tests in 2012, according to data released Tuesday by Chicago Public Schools.

The data showed gains on both the Prairie State Achievement Examination and the ACT, and for the percentage of students who met college readiness benchmarks, a point of emphasis for district leadership and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Data show that 8.9 percent of CPS juniors were considered prepared for college freshman classes in English, math, reading and science. That's 1 percentage point higher than in 2011. But 53.4 percent of those CPS juniors didn't attain college-ready scores in even one subject, the data shows. That's a 5.1 percentage point improvement over the previous year.

CPS' composite score on the college-entrance ACT, which comprises half of the PSAE given to high school juniors, was up to 17.6 in 2012 from 17.2 the year before.

That score also is 1.3 percentage points higher than it was a decade ago.

On the PSAE, students posted gains in math, reading and science, and the composite scores for those who met or exceeded state standards was up 2.7 percent, to 31 percent.

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