New CPS Test Scores

December 2, 2008 at 10:31 am 3 comments

New CPS test scores (for tests taken last Spring) have been published.  I cannot for the life of me find them on the CPS website ( but you can locate your school here:

One important thing to note is that for this testing period, students who are considered English Language Learners were required to take the English ISATs for the first time.  As a result, schools with a large population of ELL students likely suffered some declines.  There had also been talk of some type of score inflation last year that was never fully explained, which could also lead to declines at some schools. 

When you look at a school’s overall test scores, keep in mind that ISAT scores are reported only for grades 3rd-8th.  Younger kids are tested, but not reported (not sure if they are given ISATs or something else.)  The typical % you will see is the % of kids who are at or above the state’s acceptable level for that subject.  You can also find the % of students who are exceeding that level, which to me is often more telling – is the school going above and beyond somehow?

Things can look depressing in some schools, in some classes.  You can find North side schools where only half the kids in a certain grade are reading at the acceptable level.  I used to cringe at these and wonder what CPS was doing wrong.  But now that I actually have a child in school and have helped in the classroom, I also have to wonder about the parents.  Why don’t the parents of those kids all march into the school and try to figure out a way to teach their kids to read?  If I found out that half my child’s class was reading below where they should be, I’d be rallying the troops.  And I don’t mean getting on the case of the teacher or principal.  I think it’s gotta be a team effort somehow.  There is not enough time in the day in CPS for every kid to get the special attention they deserve.  It’s just a fact.  A sad fact.  So mobilize, parents!  Be a village!  An intrusive, meddling village if need be.  Just get in there and figure out how to help the kids and how to help the parents who don’t realize that they can butt into the educational process.

UPDATE: From the comment below, here is another way to look at school test scores for 2008 (I did notice that the 2008 parent survey results are still not posted.)

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  • 1. Paul  |  December 2, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    You can find the test scores on the CPS Web site here: Type in the name of the school you’re interested in, or click the “School and Citywide Reports” menu item, then “All Schools” to find the spreadsheets that allow you to compare schools.

    Also useful are the analyses from area newspapers (Tribune and Sun Times) and Northern Illinois University’s Interactive Illinois Report Card. The links for my neighborhood school are on its Web site at under “Academics” and “Test Scores” and you should be able to click from there to find other schools.

  • 2. Diving In  |  December 11, 2008 at 9:06 am

    “Why don’t the parents of those kids all march into the school and try to figure out a way to teach their kids to read? ”

    I have a Latino family that lives a couple doors down,they sent me to deal with their childs problem at school.Is it a confidence thing? Ignorance of how to deal with the system? Delete me if you want but I’ll bet 70% of these parent dont have better than a 8th grade education.Education for many wasnt a priority in their home country.

  • 3. Mari B  |  March 25, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    I’m saddened CPSOBSESSED, that this comment was allowed to be posted.

    Ignorance is exemplified in that comment by Diving In.

    I guess it’s a good thing you posted it.

    I’m Latina and I’m willing to place bets with Diving In that his/her percentages are way off.

    What a losing attitude she/he has. Apparently this person isn’t akin to what politics are doing to the families of the non-English speaking.

    If these families are trying to get educated, they’re being deported. So what’s the answer to that problem, Diving In?

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