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PRIORITIZING SCHOOL QUALITY
A CHANGING LANDSCAPE THAT SUPPORTS KIDS
Dear Friend, 

When New Schools for Chicago re-launched in 2015, we set out to be a voice that promoted school quality over ideology, and put kids first every day. We recognized that when adults focused on school type over quality, kids lost out.
 
Recently, researchers from Stanford’s Center for Education Policy Analysis released a study that shows that CPS students have outpaced their peers across the country in growth on standardized tests from 2009-2014. With your support, our kids, our parents, our teachers, and our education leaders are setting the standard nationally.

We are grateful for this progress as it means better outcomes for more kids and a stronger city today, and tomorrow.

With your support, we are committed to continuing to shift the dialogue to school quality, ensuring that the information shared is fact-based and honest and is also informed by what families want—a great school close to home.
 
Over the summer, we previewed the University of Chicago Consortium’s study on college enrollment and persistence rates of Chicago’s charter high schools with some of our partners and friends. In case you haven’t seen it, the final report was officially released to the public last week.
 
WBEZ’s coverage of the Consortium report highlights the most critical pieces and offers quotes from the district Chief Education Officer, Janice Jackson, and the report author, Julia Gwynne, who both point to the importance of focusing on quality over school type—due to the wide range of performance within the charter sector. We'll note that Janice Jackson also points to the infusion of choice in Chicago as a key driver of best-practice sharing across the district, an important nod to New School for Chicago's history and foundation, and to the continued need for a healthy charter sector within CPS.
 
Earlier this month, Education Post published a blog post by CPS Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson that credits Chicago’s progress by the district’s focus on school quality—a guiding principle that we are proud to partner with the district to advance.
 
We are grateful not only for the real progress made on behalf of kids, but for the shift in focus—school quality—that bridges divides in ideology and puts kids first.
 
Thank you for partnering with us in our efforts to put quality and all kids first.
 
We wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving.

The New Schools for Chicago Team
 

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Having parents informed about school quality is critical to making school choice work for families. It is a key policy focus for us and we believe that there is an information gap for parents in knowing whether their student’s school is performing well and which schools are high-quality when applying for schools. To help address this issue, we are creating a series of videos explaining CPS’ School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) in non-technical language. 

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Our vision is to ensure that every child in Chicago has access to a high-quality education. Visit our website to learn more about our mission and work. 

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