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CPS report card pickup day for both grammar and high schools Tuesday

Isabelle Kambshows her father David Kambreport card with all A's during last day school Edgebrook School Friday June 15 2012.

Isabelle Kamba, shows her father, David Kamba the report card with all A's during last day of school at Edgebrook School, Friday, June 15, 2012. | John H. White~Sun-Times

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Updated: December 14, 2012 6:25AM

Tuesday is report card pickup day at Chicago Public Schools, and for the first time in more than a decade, elementary and high schools will be handing out report cards on the same day.

Elementary and high school report card pickup times were consolidated to save on makeup days after the teachers strike ate up 10 originally scheduled school days, a school spokeswoman said.

During the pickup, parents go to their children’s classrooms and talk with teachers about how their students are doing. But students’ performance won’t be the only topic up for discussion.

Parents will also be able to ask questions about how the school is performing, as school progress report cards have just been released.

The school progress report cards, separate from the school report cards issued by the state, come from CPS and rate schools’ performance on a number of factors, including test score growth, attendance and discipline.

They have just been posted online and are available on individual school Web pages accessible from

The school progress report card assigns performance levels from 1 to 3, with 1 being the highest.

This year the percentage of elementary schools in the lowest category increased slightly, from 31 percent to 31.6 percent. Level 1 schools increased by 1.2 percent to 28.3 percent. The percentage of schools in the middle category declined.

High school progress reports have also been posted. Twenty to 25 charter high schools were not included, but they will be added later, CPS officials said Monday. That’s because some charters are not on the same student reporting system as CPS.

There were no obvious trends in the school progress reports, but they do provide a snapshot of individual school performance, according to a CPS official who works with the data.

“The purpose of the school progress report wasn’t so much to report on trends and the progress of CPS as a whole,” the official said. “It’s really supposed be an individual look for parents at how their children’s school is doing.”

An aspect of report card pickup this year that has drawn controversy is that 70 schools will be handing out $25 Walgreens gift cards to parents as an incentive to get them to show up.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel got Walgreens to provide the cards, but some critics have said it shouldn’t be necessary to pay parents to do their duty.

Report card pickup will take place only at schools on the regular track that started the day after Labor Day. Times will vary by school.

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