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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.