Wow, CPS kicks butt… if you’re Asian
As an LSC member at my neighborhood school (I’m on as a community member) I received and interesting pamphlet from CPS call “On the Same Page.” It’s filled with some of the key data about CPS and some of it is very eye-opening.
The test score information by race is particularly interesting (and simultaneously depressing.) By overall race, results in CPS vary dramatically. To CPS’ credit, scores for all races, especially African American and Hispanic have increased greatly in the past 5 years (meaning the # of kids who meet ISAT standards.) But mainly because they were so abysmally low back in 2004. Here’s some numbers:
2008 % of Elementary Kids Meeting ISAT Standards
2008 % of Elementary Kids Exceeding ISAT Standards
2008 ACT Score of 20+
2008 Graduation Rate
So those Asian/Pacific Islander families are utilizing CPS quite well, it seems. 44% exceed ISAT standards?! That is pretty good! In fact I’d like to have some seminars called “How to Get Your Child Through CPS Like an Asian Family Does.” Hopefully that doesn’t sound impressive… I would just truly like to know how this group stand out above the others. I imagine a strong focus on education and academics above all else must be involved.
White kids fare nearly as well, but their graduation rate is a lot lower than the Asian kids.
Obviously something is lacking in the system for Af-Am and Hispanic students. Of course that is the million dollar question in school systems like Chicago, LA, and NYC. From the little reading I’ve done, it’s much more than just inadequate schooling, but a range of social and socio-economic issues that come into play that are challenging to incorporate into a school system’s strategy. From other CPS newsletters I get, it seems that some schools with large minority populations have started to crack the code to success, as have some of the charter schools, but clearly there’s still quite a ways to go. I wish I knew what the answer was….