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Posted on 09/10/2012 11:45:48 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
U.S. Department of Education: 79% of Chicago 8th Graders Not Proficient in Reading By Terence P. Jeffrey September 10, 2012
(CNSNews.com) - Seventy-nine percent of the 8th graders in the Chicago Public Schools are not grade-level proficient in reading, according to the U.S. Department of Education, and 80 percent are not grade-level proficient in math.
Chicago public school teachers went on strike on Monday and one of the major issues behind the strike is a new system Chicago plans to use for evaluating public school teachers in which student improvement on standardized tests will count for 40 percent of a teachers evaluation. Until now, the evaluations of Chicago public school teachers have been based on what a Chicago Sun Times editorial called a meaningless checklist.
In 2011, the U.S. Department of Education administered National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests in reading and math to students around the country, including in the Chicago Public Schools. The tests were scored on a scale of 0 to 500, with 500 being the best possible score. Based on their scores, the U.S. Department of Education rated students skills in reading and math as either below basic, basic, proficient or advanced.
Nationally, public school 8th graders scored an average of 264 on the NAEP reading test. Statewide in Illinois, the 8th graders did a little better, scoring an average of 266. But in the Chicago Public Schools, 8th graders scored an average of only 253 in reading. That was lower even than the nationwide average of 255 among 8th graders in large city public schools.
With these NAEP test results, only 19 percent of Chicago public school 8th graders rated proficient in reading while another 2 percent rated advancedfor a total of 21 percent who rated proficient or better.
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Well that settles it for me. The teachers there must be doing the job they were hired to do and deserve a raise. Only 21% are slipping through the cracks.
Time to give the teachers a raise! Job well done, teachers!
Well, obviously we need to raise the teacher’s pay, and lower the academic standards. < /s>
So 4 out of 5 8th grade students are not proficient in reading but 19 out of 20 Freepers who send their children to public school pretend that their schools are great. They aren't like all the others.
Yeah, but I’m sure they’ll be proficient in the valuable life skills of playing basketball and shooting each other.
I’d be willing to bet that 79% of the teachers on strike and their union $h!theads are not proficient in reading either; or math, or science, or (pick a subject).
That’s OK, Just mute the volume and 4 out of 5 won’t understand it. ;^)
What is so hard about learning how to read?
The teachers better be careful because the kids that go to school for lunches and babysitting during the strike may end up learning more without the teachers being there.
Yeah, but do they have VARK? There is a whole bureaucracy dependent on students jumping through VARK hoops. It has absolutely nothing to do with LEARNING. Just form filling hoop hopping.
Rush said today that Chicago’s teachers are already the highest paid in the country. I guess they want combat pay!
“79% of Chicago 8th Graders Not Proficient in Reading”
I call this statistic bogus.
Have you seen the picture on Drudge of the teachers on strike? They must have eaten the other 21% of Not Proficient students.
They sure haven’t missed a meal lately.
-— So 4 out of 5 8th grade students are not proficient in reading but 19 out of 20 Freepers who send their children to public school pretend that their schools are great. They aren’t like all the others.-—
We have homeschooled our two daughters. The oldest will graduate this year. The youngest (14) was diagnosed with mild autism recently, and my wife’s sisters, who are teachers, and my sister, who’s a teacher, insisted that my daughter had to be in govt schools for her “special needs.” Against my wishes, we sent her off.
Believe it or not, despite the high falutin’ talk about IEP’s, it’s been an unmitigated disaster. She’s studying stuff she learned in fourth grade. They play Scrabble frequently, and almost everyday she corrects the teacher’s spelling.
From her description, school sounds exactly like I remember.
My wife is trying desperately to put a shine on the turd, but I’m already sensing weakness.
“could NOT pass the student exams.”
NO! NO! I DIDN’T GO TO SCHOOL IN CHICAGO! HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO TELL YOU?
Chicago public school teachers went on strike on Monday and one of the major issues behind the strike is a new system Chicago plans to use for evaluating public school teachers in which student improvement on standardized tests will count for 40 percent of a teachers evaluation.
They KNOW their evaluations will plummet. But they’re too stupid to know it won’t really affect them.
The students should be on strike. Quit reinforcing failure!
The two words that must NEVER be spoken within earshot of anyone in the Chicago school system: Marva Collins.
Give the teachers 21% of their pay.
This is more a reflection of the “families” these kids come from than poor teachers. Eighty percent of black children are out of wedlock and there are no fathers around.
Not to say that the Chicago teachers are doing a great job though.
Too many letters in the Chicago alphabet, apparently.
After that, back in the late 1970s, I was taking some courses in journalism and broadcasting at a city college in Chicago. I was the editor of the college newspaper. The students writing for the paper--the ones who were PUBLIC school graduates, many of them studying journalism--would submit articles for the paper, and their articles needed a LOT of work! I would say that I could write better when I was in 8th grade than these college students could write.
Have you ever tried to learn good grammar from a teacher that only spoke ebonics?
“Proficient” means there is a standard by which to measure.
That standard inherently is a “white” standard and is therefore racist.
If logic weren’t itself inherently racist, and leftists were capable of using it, this is the reasoning they’d use.
You are correct, sir. It is more about the parents than the teachers--although some (not all) of the teachers are products of the same environment and are not that bright themselves.
—— What is so hard about learning how to read?——
Nothing. Both my daughters learned how to read in a total of ten hours of instruction at age 4.5. (15,minutes a day for a month.). Apparently, they were a bit behind the curve for homeschoolers.
There’s money to be made in dragging out the process. What a friggin’ joke.
phonics is racist.
You can’t buy phonics toys/books/videos if you spend all your spare cash on “wealth signals” like $300 sneakers.
BTW, reading at 4.5 is about right when teaching them phonics.
My 3 yr old knows all the letter sounds, but we’ll probably wait until she’s at least 4 to start teaching phonics & reading.
A nation of functional illiterates is easily controlled. That is the goal of Progressive education and it has proved a success.
Read Charlotte Iserbyts book titled THE DELIBERATE DUMBING DOWN OF AMERICA. It's on line to download.A new updated version is available at Amazon.
These Progressive educators should be held criminally liable for the damage they have done.
but at least they know how to use a condom and where to get them for free
I wonder how the teachers would rate if given the same tests?
I'll conceade that that is a large part of the problem. But it has consequences and unions aren't doing anything to address that either. The apathy of the students and their parent(s) seems to cause apathy in the teachers (based on conversations with teachers I know). It's a job for most of them. Show up, get through the lessons, check the box. The teachers are powerless to give a $#%&, much less engage the student or family. I once listened to a teacher complain about having to do "lesson plans". I asked, "You mean like organizing your week at work? All professionals do "lesson plans". We are not contractually "required" to do them because we couldn't do our job without "planning" our work. In the private sector, this is an understood necessity, not something your boss has to tell you to do."
There is a diabolical culture problem with the inner city youth. It is a generational degredation of any sense of self respect and/or pride. Parents don't know any better because they didn't do any better as kids and expect even less from their own.
I bet if a kids grades were somehow linked to public assistance, a good many students would start doing better. If a child were to forget their homework or fail a test, the family gets $100 less in subsistance that week? At least the parents might visit the school a time or two.
I hate to compliment a PBS show, but my girls learned their letter sounds from Sesame Street. Letter sounds is the tedious part. Once they know that, putting the sounds together is a piece of cake.
We used Blumenfeld’s book, Alphaphonics, which goes for about $20. I understand that it’s significantly less expensive than 8 years of schooling. They miss out on some fabulous socialization, though.
Time for the Dems to throw more money at a failing enterprise. After all it worked so very well with GM and Solyndra.
Mine went to public schools. He's now a nuke on a USN fast attack sub. I'll wager he's not only proficient at reading, but also able to find the logical flaws in that argument.
But- so far this year we are doing good with a combination of K12 HS course supplemented with other curriculum
He loves PLATO science, Cicero for History, and I may add PLATO or Thinkwell Math for pre-algebra and algebra.
If you can't get your kid out of public school consider supplementing her “education” with outside curriculum
Check out Homeschool Coop for lots of ideas a and good deals
From the pictures I have seen of the teachers who are on strike, it is no wonder the kids can’t read. The teachers themselves probably can’t read, write or think. I wouldn’t let those miscreants near a child of mine.
I... honestly don’t remember where I learned the letter sounds. Probably Sesame Street as well, but it’s been a long time. But I do remember that I taught myself to read at age 2 just from getting my hands on some library books and what little I remembered from TV.
Then again, I’m mildly autistic, so reading was something that came naturally to me. Social skills, far less so. This made me one of the most hated people in the school among my peers.
The up side is that I managed to go to one of the few competent public schools left, and they made sure to teach me on my level, even if it meant pulling me aside with a bunch of other gifted students.
Of course, nowadays being smart is something to be ashamed of in public schools...
I’m mildly autistic as well, though mine was expressed in being extremely good at reading and mathematics, and really bad at anything requiring socialization.
If you DO end up picking out a school for special education, make sure that you know EXACTLY what’s going on, even if it means setting up a camera in the room. I love my parents, but they left me in a really bad situation for a long time, just because they weren’t paying any attention to what was going on.
I admit that I’m not a parent—so take what I say with a grain of salt—but speaking as someone who was in your son’s situation when I was that age, I do recommend making sure that he gets a chance to socialize with people outside just the family. When I got out of HS and into college, I excelled in academic matters, but I nearly got kicked out of my seminary work simply because I had such a hard time with socialization.
Prayers for you and your son too. I wish more parents paid attention to their children’s education like that.
And even worse....... 105% of Chicago 8th Graders Are Not Proficient in Mathematics
The oldest didn't have the full advantage of "Tad", but she's an avid reader (too avid sometimes) at age 7.
By 8th grade... sheesh.
On the bright side, that same percentage will be able to vote Democrat.
Let's be fair. A friend of mine is a teacher and he tells story after story about 5th graders that'll make you want to cry.
A whole lot of these kids are essentially on their own; they're not properly fed, they're not properly dressed and they're seldom remotely clean.
I'm no fan of the NEA and in fact would lay a lion's share of the disaster right at their feet, but the day to day that the actual teachers deal w/ is no walk in the park--especially in big city schools.
Public Skool parent here. I will be the first to state the school my child attend's isn't GREAT. I think it is what you make it. The parents aren't like all the others, I bet 19 out of 20 freeper parents actually CARE about their children's education. And...I bet 19 out of 20 freepers children actually could read BEFORE they even went to school. My youngest is a junior in H.S., he is taking some college credit courses. EVERY DAY I ask about his homework. I believe that even if we lived in Chicago, his grades would still be good.
Having said that, these good for nothing "Teachers" should all be fired, these numbers are disgraceful. CHICAGO TEACHERS SHOULD BE AHAMED! They call themselves teachers, what a joke.
Should be ashamed not ahamed, sorry to the grammar police.
Did you use a program and if so what was it?
Some TV ad caught my ear over the weekend. I don’t know whether it was by NEA or some other union group, or Dems in general. But the gist of it was, that the way to fix education, is to pay for more education for the teachers (which will then result in them getting those fixed raises you get with each new credit hour toward the next degree).
IMHO it was insulting as to the implications. Pay more for the teachers to learn more so we can pay the teachers more. I did not see how that would result in more proficient students coming out of the schools.
Or 5 out 4 students don’t understand fractions.........
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