We firmly believe that every family in Chicago should have information about how well their schools are performing. In 2013, CPS adopted the School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP), an equitable, comprehensive tool for evaluating school performance and sharing that information with families. In addition to giving families valuable performance information, SQRP also provides a long-term view of progress for the district.
With this in mind, I want to inform you about how SQRP will be calculated in the coming school year. CPS plans to continue to use the NWEA for at least another year to ensure consistency in our accountability measurements, pending Board approval.
We also want to inform you that NWEA will continue to be used for selective enrollment in the next school year, as well as promotion in grades 3, 6 and 8 – as we have done in previous years.
For high school students, the State has selected a new college assessment instrument, the SAT, to align to the Common Core, our official adopted standards. To reflect the State’s change, CPS is updating the School Quality Rating Policy to reflect the new test for high schools in the coming school year. Along with this decision, we also wanted to inform you that we will continue to use NWEA as the elementary school growth metric for the 2017-18 school year.
Please see the attached family letters that further explain these policies, but you can contact our school principal, Michelle Ludford, if you have additional questions. Finally, the NWEA testing window opens on May 15, 2017, and we look forward to another year of tremendous academic progress