Admissions policy community meeting this Thursday evening

November 16, 2009 at 11:04 am 5 comments

Thanks to Mayfair Dad for sending me this info.  Should be an interesting meeting, at the very least to hear people’s different opinions.

From the CPS calendar:

Admissions policy community meeting

Thursday November 19, 2009
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Amundsen High School
5110 N. Damen Ave.

Participate in a community meeting about our new admissions policies. Visit CPS website for more details.

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  • 1. chicago parent  |  November 16, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    This should be an interesting meeting indeed. Can someone please ask whether mean test scores & GPAs of admitted students from the various socio-economic groups are going to be published? Otherwise this new system will not be transparent — at least in my opinion.

  • 2. hopeful  |  November 21, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Does anyone have any feedback on this meeting? I am assuming this was CPS telling us what they are going to do rather than CPS getting feedback and changing the actual proposed policy.

  • 3. Mayfair Dad  |  November 25, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    I was there, along with 50-75 other concerned citizens. The CPS presentation was a fairly dry and perfunctory review of the PowerPoint slides, followed by Q & A. On elementary schools: CPS rep committed to “some form of bussing next year” though no particulars offered after a well-delivered message from the Edison Gifted LSC chair. On high schools: most confusion/interest in how the survey tract information will play out, how the magic algorhythm will ultimately select the one perfect school for your child. Progress? Maybe. Transparency? Nope. Very telling to me when two CPS reps gave conflicting answers on the significance of preference in filling out high school applications.

  • 4. Y  |  December 2, 2009 at 2:01 am

    I also attended the meeting on Thursday. I think the proposed high school SE process is a lot cleaner than the previous arrangement. In the new scheme, the students are sorted by their total score and then starting at the top, 50% of the slots are offered to students based on their highest ranked school that still has spots open. This is a better process than the old one where students had to make an educated guess on what school to list first in hopes that they would qualify since their second and third choices would be ignored by those schools. The new process is cleaner. I think there is room to debate whether some minorities will end up with fewer seats due to increased competition from the proposed 50% merit-based selection process.

  • 5. hopeful  |  December 16, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    It appears from the website osae or something like that, that the board has approved the proposal with one small change. Instead of 50% of remaining spots going to proximity kids, after siblings get as many as are available, only 40% will. The other 60% goes into the general lottery.

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