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CPS to use parent ‘report cards’ to help evaluate schools

Updated: September 29, 2011 12:41AM



Chicago Public School officials are designing a “report card” for parents to help them evaluate each school’s performance.

A CPS official said Jean-Claude Brizard, the system’s chief executive officer, is gathering input from parents about what to include in the report card.

A mock-up shows that the system is aiming for easy-to-read charts that would cover graduation and attendance rates, school safety and the percentage of students working at grade level in reading and math, among other indicators. The report card would let parents compare their school with the prior year’s findings and with the system as a whole.

The plan is to issue the report cards to parents when school resumes in the fall, a CPS official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The topic will be covered in a private meeting with a few parents that Brizard has scheduled for today, one of several sessions in what he’s called a “citywide listening tour.”

Mayor Rahm Emanuel promised during his campaign to make reports on school performance clearer and more accessible to parents.

The parents’ report cards would expand on information CPS already posts online. Some users have found the online data to be poorly organized and the web presentation also will be improved, the CPS official said.



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