Tracking the Tiers…New Tiers Posted
So we are awaiting the seemingly elusive Tier map. There has been discussion about why it matters. For anyone who is totally new to all this, your Tier is linked to the score your child needs to get into a selective CPS school. High Schools are the big competitive mess. 30% of the spots are assigned based on pure ranking of your high school entry score. This score consists of 7th grade grades, 8th grade ISATs, and a high school admissions test. Each count for 1/3 of the score for a total of 900 points.
Typically, the higher the socio-economic tier, the higher the overall score needed for admission.
CPS said a few weeks ago that the new Tier info would be ready by 1/31. They may be waiting for census data in a usable form. If I’m understanding correctly, some people may think that CPS runs a bunch of iterations of the Tiers to see how race (?) shakes out among the SE high schools and if they don’t like the way it looks, they tinker some more. Are people saying they believe this? Occam’s Razor would lead me to believe that it just takes a long time to do this stuff, but I tend not to lean toward conspiracy theories.
***NEW TIER FINDER IS HERE!*** (the map is the easiest way to look)
For fun,I looked at last year’s first-round cutoff scores and I noticed that going from Tier 3 to 4 doesn’t make that much of a difference. So parents sweating it out over Tier 3 or 4 may not have that much to worry about. However the leap from Tier 2 to 3 is pretty big in terms of total score needed. So if you are in a Tier 2 neighborhood now and you find out this week that you are Tier 3….. well, what’s done is done but you’ll probably be sweating it out a little bit more than you were a week ago.
Overall the city is divided into 4 even groups of Tiers. So 1/4 of the city will be Tier 1, 2, 3, and 4. If one neighborhood moves up a tier, somewhere another neighborhood has moved down one. Even if the whole city became rich (or poor) we’d still have 4 tiers.
Here are the shifts from Tier 3-4:
W Young +16
Shift from Tier 2-3
W Young +24
I assume the decline in scores in Tier 4 kids at Brooks, King,Lindblom, and Westinghouse is related to a lower percentage of Tier 4 kids going to those schools. They are getting more of the top kids from Tier 3, but not Tier 4. If you are in Tier 4, perhaps give these schools a look. As I mentioned last week, Westinghouse is a fantastic facility with pleasant kids (this is based on limited time there but if you’re not too far, check it out.)
Feel free to post your concerns, questions, conspiracy theories (disclaimer, I enjoy shooting them down no matter what the topic) and when the Tiers are released, whether you experienced a change or not.
Here is a link to the cutoff scores by Tier for last year.
Speaking of change, I have surprisingly sold my home within one month (pending inspection right now) and have made an offer on a new home near Amundsen high school in the McPherson elem district. I have no idea what that means for high school for my son, but we will see…
Entry filed under: Uncategorized.