Archive for August 2011
The Chicago Board of Education meeting agenda for Wednesday, August 24, 2011, is available here. The complete public agenda, including the board reports, is available here. (Note:13MB, PDF – Right click to download)
One the agenda:
- resolution approving annual school budget (RS2)
- updates to school improvement plans for schools on probation (ED2)
- there’s a new magnet school admissions policy (PO2)
- CBOE payments for memberships: Illinois Associated of School Boards ($33,998.80) and National Association of School Board ($14,000) (PR10)
- more grant funds for CPD (PR14)
- revisions to the Chicago Public High School Athletic Association Constitution and Bylaws (PO1 – 22 pages)
- 28 students expelled in July (ED1)
There was a lot of media coverage of the first Chicago Board of Education hearing on the Chicago Public Schools FY 2011-2012 Proposed Budget held on August 10, 2011 at Lane Tech High School on Chicago’s North Side. There was much less coverage of the subsequent two equally well attended hearings held at Westinghouse High School August 11, 2011, on the West Side, and Simeon High School, August 12, 2011, on the South Side. The Chicago Tribune and Substance did cover the August 11, 2011, hearing.
The Chicago Public Schools has posted updated 5-year cohort graduation and dropout rates for the 1999 through 2011 school years. Although the 5-year cohort graduation rate has increased (slightly) from 2010 to 2011, too many young people still are not graduating. In 2011, 57.5 percent of 31,708 Chicago public schoolchildren graduated from high school within 5 years, up from 55.8 percent in 2010. So about 539 more children graduated in 2011 than would have had the graduation rate remained unchanged.
The graduation rate continues to be lowest among black students (51.8 percent) and highest among Asian students (81.8 percent). The rate for black male students was less than 50 percent (43.3 percent).
Graduation rates were highest among selective enrollment high school students, but a few SEHS had rates below several neighborhood and charter high schools. King, Chicago Agricultural, and Lindblom High Schools had relatively low rates (74.6 percent, 70.5 percent, and 68.9 percent, respectively) when compared to other SEHS.
Urban Prep Charter School’s 5-year cohort graduation rate was 60 percent. Dyett High School had the lowest graduation rate of general high schools – 31.3 percent (down from 37.2 percent in 2010).
The data are available from CPS Research and Accountability here.