Random Weekend Post: Suntimes Rankings! Network changes!
For anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, here is the SunTimes Top 50 schools listing in the state.
And the top honors go to….
Skinner North Elem (Classical)
Whitney Young Middle School (Selective enrollment academic center)
Walter Payton High School (Selective enrollment) unseating long standing #1 high school, North Side College Prep (which still has higher ACT scores.)
I just read that any differences between these and CPS scores are that these do not include Science (REading and Math only.)
Coonley and Greeley (turns out this is a Greeley in the suburbs) moved up the list a lot for Elementaries. Lincoln is the top rated neighborhood school.
Lane Tech AC makes its debut at #5 in the state among middle schools.
Jones is now in the the top 5 of high schools.
Hinsdale looks to have unseated new Trier as #1 non-selective school in the state.
Which goes to show the point made on the blog earlier today: There are 2 reliable ways to predict good test scores in a school: 1 good test scores of the kids coming in 2 financial situation of the parents.
IN OTHER NEWS:
A couple people sent me and email with the following info about network re-structuring. I’ve lot track of how this has all changed because it seems to change like every year or so. From BBB:
Starting immediately, we are restructuring our networks to better align both our academic goals and geographies of existing neighborhoods. This will allow us to better engage our community stakeholders while improving the allocation of Network resources to our schools. To accomplish this, we are moving from the existing structure of 19 separate networks for elementary schools and high schools to a new configuration consisting of 13 networks that encompass Pre-Kindergarten education through Grade 12. Combining elementary and high school networks will allow for a more coherent, continuous delivery of instruction for students starting in Pre-Kindergarten through the 12th grade.
Some school types that require more specialized education supports will operate under their own organizational structure. The Alternative Schools Network, which has been renamed the Department of Option Schools, will report to the Office of Innovation and Incubation. Service Leadership Academies (Military) will be counted in the new Network structure, but will operate as a separate unit within the District. Lastly, AUSL schools will no longer be included under the new Network structure and will instead receive support directly from the Chief Officer of Network Supports.
I am confident that this revised network structure will strengthen our schools, better support school leaders and teachers, and help us reach our vision for every student in every neighborhood to be engaged in a rigorous, well-rounded instructional program to prepare them for success in college, career and life.
Network Leads: (this likely has typos… scribbled it down from a RYH post this weekend that I can’t find now.)
Anna Alvardo – Sauganash, Reed-Dunning, Albany Irving
Craig Beves – RavenswoodRandel Josserand – Austin, Belmont Cragin
John Price – Logan, Lincoln Park
Wanda Washington – Garfield, w Humbodlt, North Lawndale, Humboldt
Elizabeth Kirby – Englewood, Auburn-Gresham
LaTanya McDade – Chatham, South Shore
Karen Saffold – Far South, Far East ?
Herald “Chip” Johson – near North, Near West Loop, Bridgeport, Chinatown
Theresa Plascencia – Pilsen, Little Village
Luis Soria – McKinley Park
Harrison Peters – Bronzeville, Hyde Park, woodlawn
Rhonda Seagert – Beverly, Midway, Chicago Lawn (?) Ashburn
INTERESTING ARTICLE FROM CATALYST:
This is a POV from a teacher about whether kids who just don’t do the work should get a 0% or 50% for doing nothing. It’s insightful about what some teachers are facing in high schools where some kids just don’t do the work. And also about how decisions like this can affect how a school’s ratings look. It’s interesting and fairly short.
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