Talk to the Man Thurs 11/17 at 6:10pm

November 16, 2011 at 1:07 pm 10 comments

Hello, is Mr. Brizard there?

I’m trying to get more details about how this call will work and how people can ask questions.  I’ll let you know if I find out.  But if you have a question or a (brief) rant, why not call up (and of course come back and report what you heard.)  Rally cry: CONSISTENT GRADING SCALE!

Dear CPS Parent/Guardian, Please join me for a “teleforum” discussion this Thursday, Nov. 17, at 6:10 p.m. This is the first of what I hope to be many opportunities for me to talk with you about what CPS is doing to drive the academic achievement of your children and to hear your feedback. We want to make sure we are being as inclusive, responsive and transparent with you in our efforts as possible, and having these discussions with you on an ongoing basis will help us accomplish that. To access the teleforum on Thursday, please call 1-877-229-8493 toll-free from any phone, and, when prompted, enter the access code 18528. I hope you will be able to participate. Thank you for engaging in the discussion and for the invaluable role you play in the success of your child and of the district as a whole.

Sincerely, Jean-Claude Brizard Chicago Public Schools | CEO


The questions will be moderated — it definitely won’t be a free-for-all. CEO Brizard will start the discussion off by talking about the challenges facing CPS and how he and his team are tackling them, and then we’ll move into a moderated Q&A for the second part.

We can’t say for sure how many questions we’ll be able to get through, because this is the first time we’ve done a teleforum like this. Parents can also tweet their questions @ChiPubSchools or ask them on our Facebook page

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Paul  |  November 16, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    You can “Like” the Chicago Public Schools Facebook page and ask your question under the post about the call.

  • 2. ChicagoPublicSchools (@ChiPubSchools)  |  November 16, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Absolutely, Paul. We’re at If you’re on Twitter, you can also tweet your questions or feedback to @ChiPubSchools.

  • 3. Anonymous  |  November 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Fwiw — Just came back from report card pick-up. Saw two new data sheets from Central Office.

    D child scored at the 99th percentile in Reading on the Scantron test.

    But the report said that “if he were to take the ISAT today, the predicted performance level would be MEETS.”

    He has never before scored MEETS. He never scored lower than a 97 on her ISATs.

    The data looks off.

  • 4. Michi  |  November 16, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    I was told our MAP scores today which are supposed to predict where they’ll be on ISATs. My child however has usually been the opposite – whatever she bombs on MAP she’ll get at least a MEETS on ISAT and visa versa. So they may be generally predictive but obviously not always predictive.

  • 5. anonymous  |  November 16, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    The data on the school reports are messed up because of so many factors. Some of the scores were supposed to be based on “growth” based on a test that was supposed to be given last fall and then again last spring. But CPS told all the schools, “oh, you don’t have to give the fall assessment.” Then they scrambled in the spring and said, “we changed our mind, now you have to give it.” So when you look at, I think it is the math data, it should have been based on growth when instead it was reported as just one score rendering it meaningless. And the reports on school culture only measured the small percentage of responders, both in the parent reported data and the teacher reported data, in some cases not measuring more than 20% of the population. ACT scores at some of the high schools were dead wrong. I highly suggest talking one on one with your principal about the report. They can tell you all the things wrong with it.

  • 6. Anonymous  |  November 17, 2011 at 5:16 am

    #5 Thanks. Now can anyone tell me why CPS would push out junk data? Are they basing school closings and teacher evaluations on this? I see lawsuits.

  • 7. Anonymous  |  November 17, 2011 at 6:13 am

    Ask Brizard to define charters’ performance by school, year by year. Ask him to give an accounting of all the money spent per charter school, year by year.

  • 8. curious  |  November 17, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Is anybody else curious why they would hold this teleforum at the same time as report card pick up for high schools…..just saying…..

  • 9. kate  |  November 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    did anyone listen to the teleconference?

  • 10. anonymous  |  November 18, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    At our school’s PD day today the sample extended day our principal shared with us from the BOE looked like this for students:
    8 a.m. entrance and 3:45 dismissal
    That is 120 minutes longer than what we currently have, not 90 minutes longer, but apparently there is some finessing of the exact amount of additional time due to increased time towards recess.

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