Friday, September 30, 2011

Study: No real progress in Chicago Public Schools grade school reading in 20 years

The Chicago Sun-Times reports:
So after waves and waves of reform, you thought Chicago public elementary schools had made tremendous progress in the last 20 years?

Think again.

Despite millions of dollars in fixes and programs, Chicago’s elementary grade reading scores have barely budged over the last two decades, a new report by the University of Chicago’s Consortium on Chicago School Research has found.

Math scores improved only “incrementally” in those grades, and racial gaps in both subjects increased, with African American students falling the most behind other groups, especially in reading — an area pushed heavily under former Mayor Richard M. Daley.
Those 20 years were run by "progressives" who believed in public education, not "backward types" who don't want to "invest" in public education through onerous property taxes. How many more years do the "progressives" want to experiment on the children?