The Selective Enrollment numbers
For those who haven’t seen it yet, here’s the talkworthy link from the District 299 Blog that reveals the test score distribution by Tier for the Selective Enrollment High Schools.
As you also may have read, CPS has decided to open 25 spots at each of 4 top high schools for kids at “failing” elementary schools. The top-performing kids at these schools have been invited to apply for the spots. Speculation is that the new Tier system ended up with too many whiteys in the top high schools.
One of the first things that surprised me was the narrow range between the average score (out of 1000 based on 7th grade grades, admission test, attendance) by Tier that gained admission. At Northside, the Tier 4 kids had an average score of 888 while the Tier 1 kids had 868. Maybe in reality that does give the Tier 1 kids a big advantage. But it’s good to see they aren’t exactly letting slackers into the school. Whitney Young has a wider spread of 836-869.
As I face a possible housing move in the upcoming year, I can’t help but think that if Ireside in a Tier 1 neighborhood, my son has an immediate 20-30 point advantage the year he applies to high schools. I would like to move to his neighborhood school area. Tier 4. Disadvantage. I’m thinking of living in a mobile home so I can move as needed for the best application strategy.
Let me know what you think of these number.
I don’t necessarily see the SE thing as a debacle. I’m OK that CPS is doing some experimenting and I’m also in favor of helping kids who are excelling despite being in schools/neighborhoods where the odds are against them. I would LOVE to see some follow-up stories on these kids over the next few years to see how they’re faring in the high schools and what they do beyond high school.
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