From Chicago Tribune by Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah:
An annual scorecard on the district's performance and greater accountability throughout the system are some of the promises outlined in the first long-term plan for Chicago Public Schools issued since Mayor Rahm Emanuel took office.

Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett vowed that the public will be able to track CPS' progress in areas including parental engagement and will also be able to see how many principals and teachers are rated as high performers, under guidelines in the five-year "action plan.

"We must hold every adult accountable to make decisions in the best interest of our children," Byrd-Bennett said Monday during a speech to education advocates at Westinghouse College Prep on the West Side.

The plan aligns the entire district with the rigorous Common Core Curriculum by the 2014-15 school year. CPS will integrate art at every grade level, and social and behavioral support systems will be provided for students who need them, under the plan.

CPS this year launched more rigorous teacher and principal evaluations, the results of which are expected to be available this summer.

The plan, the district's first since one issued by former interim CEO Terry Mazany in 2011, includes some initiatives the district has already implemented, like full-day kindergarten. The plan was less clear how other proposals, like training for parents, might be funded or implemented.

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