5,800 Students in Chronically Low Performing Schools to Get Access to Higher Quality School Options through Proposed “Turnarounds”

Next School Year Record number 10 Turnaround schools proposed for next school year, including six with Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL), whose ISAT student performance growth more than doubled district-average last school year CHICAGO—Chicago Public Schools officials today proposed to turnaround 10 underperforming schools to provide 5,800 students with access to higher quality school options starting next school year. These are the first in a series of school actions the district is proposing to ensure that students in some of the city’s worst-performing schools receive the resources and instruction they need to graduate college and career ready and turn the tide on growing achievement gaps and drop out rates. “Our students are falling farther and farther behind every year. We can no longer accept or defend schools that have failed our students year after year, which is why we are making tough choices today to ensure they can succeed tomorrow,” said CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard.“Every student deserves a high quality education that prepares them for life, that graduates them ready for college and that puts them on a path toward career success. It is our responsibility to do everything we can to give our students those opportunities and the turnaround schools have a track record of success in boosting student achievement.” Turnarounds change under-performing CPS schools by completely overhauling them without moving students to another school. Turnarounds build successful students because of two critical investments: a top-to-bottom school transformation and teacher training that prepares them to tackle to challenges of growing student achievement within low-performing schools. Students return in the fall to a school that is re-built around an entirely new culture of success. The results from five years of turnarounds are compelling, and support that a fresh start, with a new staff and culture of high expectations will lead to dramatically improved student outcomes. The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) will turnaround six CPS schools, which represents the largest number of turnarounds it has taken on in a single year. AUSL has a strong overall track record of increasing student academic achievement within its 12 turnaround schools. In 2011, student growth in ISAT composite scores at

AUSL elementary schools (8%) was more than double the district in average growth (3. We can no longer accept a status quo that allows our students to go unprepared for college and career for years on end. but this is what I have heard from the community time and time again. professional development and student academic supports to ensure students receive the time and resources they need to succeed. The remaining four schools will be under the direction of the CPS Office of School Improvement (OSI). In addition. and more than half of all schools are on academic probation.3 percentage points compared to the district’s gains of 3. More than 123.” said Brizard. Brizard has met dozens of key stakeholders.000 students attend underperforming schools. Across the district. including parents. principals. “As adults. Last summer. OSI elementary school turnarounds also showed academic growth at nearly twice the district average for composite ISAT scores.6 percent of students now meet or exceed state standards on the ISAT.9 percent of all 11th graders tested college ready. which will make significant investments in teacher training.5 percentage point increase between 2010 and 2011. Among the AUSL successes is Morton School of Excellence. The key to AUSL success is its teacher training academies. Howe Elementary saw a 25. and 74. which represents nearly one-third of all seats in CPS. This investment will add 200 teachers to help turnaround additional schools that are among the lowest-performing in the district. CPS students are facing significant challenges.8%). Mayor Emanuel announced that CPS would double its investment in AUSL-trained teachers by increasing the number of AUSL teacher training academies from 7 to 14 over the next two years. In 2011 only 7. students. jumping 6. teachers. Over the last six months.8 percentage points. which achieved a 33 percentage point increase in students meeting or exceeding state standards on the ISAT since becoming a turnaround in 2008. This is not just what we believe to be true among the new leadership team at CPS. elected officials and faith . we all have a responsibility to put the academic needs of our students first before all else. community groups. which provide a full year of preparation for many of the teachers who provide the foundation for each turnaround.

. Throughout these dialogues.. 4214 S. which has been on academic probation for 5 consecutive years. Saint Lawrence Avenue. The turnaround strategy at CPS began in 2006 with the conversion of Sherman Elementary School by the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL).200 students: Pablo Casals Elementary School.  . 4747 S Union Ave. 7424 S Morgan St.. 2100 E 87th St. These conversations have helped drive CPS’ determination to move quickly to improve school quality throughout the district this year.  Melville W. which has been on academic probation for 5 consecutive years. which has been on academic probation for10 consecutive years. which has been on academic probation for 5 consecutive years.  CPS Office of School Improvement would implement the turnaround strategy at four other schools serving 2. which has been on academic probation for 5 consecutive years.leaders. Fuller Elementary School. 744 E 103rd St.. 3711 W. AUSL would be designated to implement the turnaround strategy at six of the proposed schools serving nearly 3. 12 CPS schools are currently being turned around by AUSL and 5 schools are in turnarounds led by the CPS Office of School Improvement. especially among its lowest performing schools.. 1040 N Keeler Ave. In all. which has been on academic probation for 5 consecutive years.. 3501 W. which has been on academic probation for 8 consecutive years.  Amos Alonzo Stagg Elementary School. stakeholders have been consistent in their message that CPS is not meeting the needs of all its students.  Brian Piccolo Elementary Specialty School.  Theodore Herzl Elementary School.. 6550 S Richmond St. which has been on academic probation for 5 consecutive years.  Marquette Elementary School.  Edward Tilden Career Community Academy High School.650 students including: Chicago Vocational Career Academy (CVCA) High School. Potomac Avenue.  Wendell Smith Elementary School. which has been on academic probation for 5 consecutive years. Douglas Blvd.

Woodson South Elementary School.Carter G.  CPS will provide $6 million in funding for one-time transition costs at all ten OSI and AUSL turnaround schools. which has been on academic probation for 5 consecutive years. • Academic after school programs to give students access to additional instruction time and further accelerate student achievement. • Teacher collaboration across subjects to maximize student learning and ensure students are not falling behind in any area • Extensive extracurricular enhancements including fine arts and athletics to facilitate more well-rounded learning • In-house training for aspiring teachers that gives teachers strategies and tools needed to address diverse needs of students in transitioning schools • Systems to increase student attendance. 4414 S Evans. after-school programs and additional resources to drive student achievement. fund summertime professional development for new staff and resources to plan the new culture and curriculum of the school and the hiring of an additional assistant principal for one year. Supports provided through the turnaround models include: • Intervention and tutoring services for students who need extra support in reading and math. tutoring. In addition to bringing in new leadership and teaching staff. decrease serious misconducts and increase student satisfaction . • High-quality instruction including Common Core State Standards to ensure rigorous instructional program that gives students knowledge and skills needed to be ready for college and career. CPS will make significant investments in turnaround schools to help create an effective learning environment focused on the academic success of all students. These 10 schools will also receive $14 million for per pupil funding that can be used to invest in coaching.

. CPS will evaluate the testimony presented and carefully consider the issues raised during these meetings prior to presenting final recommendations to the Chicago Board of Education for a vote. CPS staff will be available to answer parent questions at the school as well as through the CPS Quality Schools Hotline at 773-553-5020.• Advanced data systems and testing aligned with rigorous academic standards to help staff identify struggling students early and give them the help they need to get back on track. January and February. emails and by attending Board of Education meetings in December. More information on the School Actions process can be found at the cps website by visiting www. including a formal public hearing. and motivate high-quality staff Provide evidence-based social-emotional programming Full time social worker to provide one on one counseling There will also be significant opportunity for the parents and the public to provide feedback on every proposed turnaround. retain.cps. the public hearing. In addition.edu/qualityschools. • • • Relentless efforts to recruit. Detailed letters will be delivered to every member of the school staff and every parent/guardian including all specifics about the proposal. parents and stakeholders can provide feedback through the CPS website. and the new educational options available to students.

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