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State High School Graduation Rates Plummet Under New Formula

Posted 12.31.2011 | Chicago

On Monday, Illinois released report cards for each of the state's schools under a new formula bringing the way it reports school graduation rates in l...

33 Schools Under Investigation After 'Test Irregularities' On State Exam

Posted 12.26.2011 | Chicago

The Illinois State Board of Education is launching an investigation into 33 Illinois schools, including nine in Chicago, whose Illinois Standards Achi...

Half Of Illinois Public High School Students Failed Important Exam

Posted 12.20.2011 | Chicago

Nearly half of all Illinois public school students failed the annual 11th grade Prairie State Achievement Exam, the worst statewide performance record...

Chicago Case Study: Time For A New Vision For Schools

Gregory Michie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Gregory Michie

Since Mayor Daley took control of Chicago schools and began appointing business-minded CEOs to head the system, the march toward a numbers-driven vision of education has been steady.

Ill. Schools: Mediocre Student Scores Are OK

Chicago Tribune | Diane Rado | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Thousands of Illinois schools are like mediocre students: Most of their pupils are passing -- but not distinguishing themselves -- on state achievemen...

Education in Chicago: Chicago Public Schools Have Improved? Baloney!

Bill Sweetland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Bill Sweetland

Nothing that Paul Vallas, Mayor Daley or Arne Duncan did in the last 15 years has had any significant effect on the number of CPS students who can read, write and do basic math acceptably. It's all an illusion.