According to new research by Stanford Professor Sean Reardon students in the Chicago Public School systems are learning faster than and outperforming other kids of comparable race across the state. This is thanks to amazing parent teachers and in part Every Student Succeeds Act https://www.ed.gov/esea. In opening on the website, it states The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, and represents good news for our nation’s schools. This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students.
The new law builds on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the efforts of educators, communities, parents, and students across the country.
Reardon findings are based on his research and breakdown of 300 million elementary school test scores covering over 11,000 school districts. You can read the information here: http://cepa.stanford.edu/content/test-score-growth-among-chicago-public-school-students-2009-2014
Marilyn Rhames, the founder of the nonprofit Teachers Who Pray, veteran teacher in Chicago and author of a new book that is to be released “The Master Teacher: 12 Spiritual Lessons that can Transform Schools and Revolutionize Public Education,” noted that this is not something that should be overlooked and it is not just about test scores. Overall attendance has increased as well. There is more parent involvement and the schools are offering more courses that prepare kids for more rigorous classes and educational content. All these things add up to an increase in high school and college enrollment.
In 1987, CPS was deemed the worst in the country.
In 2015, CPS graduates’ rate of enrollment in four-year colleges was equal to the national rate at 44 percent. Which is higher than urban districts in New York and Los Angeles, which were 38 percent and 24 percent.
In June 2017, News Station WBEZ in Chicago reported that even as CPS is battling a budget crisis the largest school district in Chicago has seen a stupendous academic turnaround.
Also, to be taken into account is that among 100 of the largest school distinct in the country, Chicago has the highest growth rate in the third and eighth grades alike. Also, to be noted each CPS class has performed increasingly better than the class before them, according to Reardon’s report. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement
“This report is a testament to the hard work, progress, and success of Chicago’s remarkable students, teachers, principals, and families,”. “CPS students make Chicago proud every day. They not only lead in the classroom, they lead the country in academic growth, and their achievements are earning national recognition and respect.”
Let’s all take a chapter from this book and begin the journey to educating our youth and getting them better prepared for the world.