Blue Ribbon Committee Presentation from the forums
I was alerted to a new post on cpsoae.org that has the presentation from the BRC forums as well as the transcripts (over 400 pages in total.) I hope to skim them soon.
But here is the content of the information that the BRC presented at each of the three forums. I think we’ve discussed much of this already, but it’s interesting to see it all laid out. It doesn’t mention the rank % seats being an area of consideration. Does this mean it remains at 30%? Am I crazy or did we think it was changing to 40%?
The example of the sample admission numbers for magnet schools is kind of interesting (and depressing, if you have your eye on a magnet elem school.) 6 seats per tier, most likely.
I don’t know that I ever heard/saw the rationale for adding proximity to the magnet schools. I still don’t really get that one.
As a note, it sounds like the Westinghouse forum was the least attended, so they didn’t enforce the 2 minutes speaking limit (something to keep in mind if you have something lengthy to say in the future).
Also, the Westinghouse notes specifically state that the BRC is aiming for diversity. They don’t clarify whether this means racial or not.
History of the Blue Ribbon Committee
The Desegregation Consent Decree was vacated in September 2009
- New policy using SES variables adopted in December 2009
- BRC was convened in 2010 to review the 2010‐2011 admissions policy
- BRC recommendations were adopted for the 2011‐2012 admissions policy
- BRC has reconvened to evaluate results and make recommendations for the admissions policy going forward
What were the BRC Recommendations?
- Allow multiples to apply together to ensure best chance of dual/triple admittance & adopt preference for non‐entry level siblings
- Align NCLB process with general education application process
- Eliminate the proximity lottery if 50% of students at a school reside within the proximity, AND more than 50% belong to any one race
- Increase the number of SEHS to which students can apply to 6
Additional changes made by CPS driven by BRC goals:
- Add a 6th factor based on the performance of the attendance area schools in each tract
- SEES & SEHS: 30% rank order, 70% tier
Issues under review for 2011‐2012 include:
- Principal discretion for magnet schools
- Magnet school re‐enrollment (say you leave the school for a year to study abroad, can you get back in?)
- Redefine proximity percentage for magnet high schools
- Reduce qualifications for special education students in magnet high schools
- Redefine magnet school boundaries (people who live near the city borders have a disadvantage)
Why Socio‐Economic Factors for Admissions?
- Students who live in poverty and attend economically isolated schools generally experience lower educational outcomes
- However, students who live in poverty and attend schools with socially and economically diverse student populations, experience higher educational outcomes than their peers who attend isolated schools.
- Diverse learning communities benefit all students by better preparing them to live in a diverse society and to compete in the global economy.
- Focusing on economic diversity will help prevent select schools from becoming accessible only to children from wealthier families and neighborhoods.
- Economic diversity will also promote equitable and fair outcomes across all communities in Chicago.
2011 2012 Timeline
- Oct 1 Application Period Begins
- Options for Knowledge Elementary Fair
- @Malcolm X College
- Oct‐Nov Explore schools, attend open houses, high school informational sessions
- Nov SEES Testing begins
- Dec 16 Application Deadline
- Jan SEHS Testing
- Feb High School Notifications Sent
- Mar Elementary School Notifications Sent
What every parent needs to know
- Cast a wide net.
- Do your homework BEFORE you submit your application.
- Do not apply to schools that you wouldn’t actually send your child to if he/she is accepted.
- Do not wait until the last day to submit your application.
Selective Enrollment Example:
200 Seats Total
Citywide Rank Order: 60 seats
Tier Rank, Order in Tier: 35 seats per tier
Magnet School Process:
#1 Siblings admitted
#2 Of remaining, up to 40% admitted by proximity
#3 Remaining admitted by lottery from 4 tiers
XYZ Magnet School example:
56 open seats
Siblings: 16 seats
Remaining admission: 40 seats
Proximity 16 seats + 6 seats per tier
Here’s the link with the transcripts from the forums:
Entry filed under: Applying to schools.