Magnet and Selective Enrollment School Admissions Process UNCHANGED for 2012/2013 School Year

August 24, 2011 at 2:44 am 13 comments

Wow, this is a Chicago news headline that just has to make you laugh:

For first time in three years, CPS admissions process for magnet and selective schools is unchanged

So after some changing and tweaking over the past couple years, CPS has decided not to revise the admissions criteria for the upcoming application year (and apparently for several years.)

Notably, elementary schools will continue to operate without Principal Discretion going forward (I assume.)

It certainly makes the application process a little easier since families won’t need to re-interpret the system yet again.  But frustrating for people who wanted to see some policy changes.  The Tier System is here to stay, for a while (I’m sure it will change to something entirely different the year my son applies to high school, just to keep things interesting.)

I hope that CPS will still consider enforcing a consistent grading scale across the system.

And hopefully we’ll find something to talk about here this Fall, since we won’t be scrutinizing the new admissions policy……

 

Story from the Chicago Tribune below:

The new Chicago Public Schools administration has decided not to change the admissions process for magnet and selective enrollment schools, meaning for the first time in three years parents will not be left trying to comprehend last-minute changes to the policy.

After a federal order in 2009 banned the use of race as a key admissions factor to enrollment in the city’s top schools, CPS adopted a new format hoping to maintain diversity. They made tweaks to that format last year.

The district now evaluates the city’s 874 census tracts on six criteria, including median income, adult education, percentages of single-family homes and homeowners, the percentage of children living in non-English-speaking households and the performance of schools in that census tract. CPS then ranks the census tracts based on the indicators and divides them into four tiers.

Last year, 30 percent of openings in selective schools went to students with top academic scores, and the rest were divided among top-scoring students in the four socioeconomic groups.

At magnet schools, which use lotteries to admit students, last year CPS allowed siblings to get in automatically, providing there is room.

CPS spokesman Frank Shuftan said the district expects to keep this admissions policy in place for several years.

“Moving to a multiyear policy will provide stability for the magnet and selective enrollment process going forward,” Shuftan said.

The Chicago Board of Education will consider that plan at Wednesday’s meeting.

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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Grace  |  August 24, 2011 at 7:00 am

    How out of character.

  • 2. Mayfair Dad  |  August 24, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Wow, they must have something really big in mind to screw Tier 4 next year. They’ll wait until 4:59 PM on the Friday of the MLK holiday to issue the press release and hope that nobody notices, then plan the public input meetings during August without fanfare. Its going to be a doozy!

  • 3. cps Mom  |  August 24, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Reading in PP that all high scoring students (over 800) except for 90 got SE offers. If this is the case, why not make make it 100% rank so that qualifying kids can get into the school of their choice? This way highest scorers get first choice and the results are the same.

  • 4. ChicagoGawker  |  August 25, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Hopefully, this will give us a chance to focus our comments here on what happens to students AFTER they are admitted to whatever HS they end up at, SE or not. CPS stresses us out so much over admissions, that we don’t discuss much about comparisons of curriculum, social life, administration at the various schools. Parent of current HS kids, please don’t disappear. Tell us how it’s going. What do know now that you wish you knew then?

  • 5. Jennifer  |  August 31, 2011 at 8:09 am

    I still think that it would be more efficient all around to allow applications to be submitted or at least changed once the scores are known. I know I was surprised to find my daughter did so much better on the gifted test than the classical one, which was the opposite of what I expected and what I had in mind when listing our selections.

  • 6. CPSDepressed (was copyeditor)  |  August 31, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Want to get good and depressed? The Tribune has info on how public school graduates in Illinois fare in different public universities, and it is not pretty for most Chicago schools.

    http://media.apps.chicagotribune.com/tables/first-year-gpa.html

  • 7. Chicago Gawker-  |  August 31, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    @6 this topic is an example of to what I was referring above.
    The table shows that only 37% of Walter Payton 11th graders exceed PSAE standards in math and science. Huh??
    What happens to the creme of the academic creme picked for Walter Payton between 7th grade and 11th grade to make this happen? They surely had to exceed standards to get in. Are we obsessed with getting our kids into SEs that in reality don’t do a very good job of preparing them for college? I wonder what the data would be for graduates who ended up at private or out of state colleges.

  • 8. Gotta "love" the Trib.  |  August 31, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Lousy journalism on the part of the Trib. This only tracks graduates who attend an Illinois community college or Illinois public university. It does not include students who attend private universities or schools out of state…thus eliminating many of the top performing students.

  • 9. Hawthorne mom  |  August 31, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    However, to put that in perspective, New Trier has about 40-45% exceeding standards in all subjects and my husband’s high school (with its average ACT of 24) has around 15-18% exceeding.
    The PSAEs, I think, have a higher bar set than the ISATs. Of course, this means that really only our top 4-5 high schools can even come close to the best suburban schools. Still when I think about those top 4-5, and how competitive it is to get in, it is a little shocking that they aren’t closer to 80-90% exceeding.
    CPS has a long way to go.

  • 10. CPSDepressed (was copyeditor)  |  September 1, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Because getting into a decent high school here is so much harder than getting into a decent college, I sometimes wonder if the students and parents slack off after they get the SEHS admissions letter.

    Let’s face it, it’s not hard to get into NIU, but you can get an excellent education there. It’s very hard to get into Walter Payton, but then what happens?

    @8, it would be great if the data were available on all colleges, but it isn’t. Still, this is far more than we’ve ever had before, so I’ll take it.

  • 11. velocity  |  September 22, 2011 at 9:55 am

    “I hope that CPS will still consider enforcing a consistent grading scale across the system.”

    Has CPS considered a consistent grading scale? I can’t understand why supposedly elite schools would want an artifically high scale. Its a drag on their students’ changes for college admissions. Moreover, the reverse curve makes it appear that these schools are less rigorous: their students have it easier so they need 93% for an A, whereas a competitor has tougher material so its students only need 90% for an A.

  • 12. cps grad  |  November 9, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I was just informed by my son that his counselor at a Gifted CPS school stated that the tier system is discontinued and that 95% of seats will be strictly by rank at SEHS and the remaining seats are principal picks.

  • 13. Jen  |  December 17, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    When you say that “siblings” can get into magnets…you are referring to the sibling of a child already enrolled at a magnet school. For example, a 2nd grader and a kindergartner. Is that correct?

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