Chicago Public Schools dumps ‘probation’ label for schools not making the grade

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Instead of rating schools Level 1 at the top, 2 in the middle, and 3 at the bottom, under the system to begin in a year, CPS will use five tiers to show parents and community members how a school is faring in test scores, attendance and school culture, said John Barker, CPS’ director of accountability.

Under the old system, schools in Level 2 or 3 that slipped too much academically could end up on “probation.”

In the new system, the lowest two tiers will be for schools CPS will consider on “provisional support” or on “intensive support.”

And every school under CPS — charters, alternatives, contracts — will be rated by the same standards, Barker said. Before, reporting varied among the non-traditional schools.

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