The latest report on ACT scores from Chicago Public Schools has good and bad news. The bad news reports students dropped a full percentage point to 17.2 out of 36 using it's new calculation method, which includes juniors and seniors. The good news, however, is that in a juniors-only comparison in the state, the ACT scores actually went up slightly to 17.4.
CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard used the report -- headlined with the declining numbers -- as an example of why CPS needs a longer school day, a hot-button issue being championed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. In a release, Brizard said: “These results show we have work to do...Students need more time in the classroom with their teachers and that time needs to be best used to boost student achievement.’’
Parents and the Chicago Teachers Union have already slammed Brizard for manipulating the data.