As we close our first month of 2018, our resolve to transform Chicago's educational ecosystem has never been stronger.
Last year, we kept you up to date on Chicago's most pressing educational needs, including our city's journey to a single application system, called GoCPS, at the high school level. Since last spring when the new policy was unanimously passed by the Chicago Board of Education, we've worked alongside district leaders, community- and school-based partners to ensure that implementation of GoCPS was as smooth and seamless for families as possible.
Our Kids First Chicago enrollment navigators directly supported 1,165 students and families in navigating to quality schools and understanding the new enrollment process. And we've hosted GoCPS-centered focus groups —connecting the parent voice directly to district leadership as CPS strengthens the system for many years to come.
Chicago has also garnered positive national media
attention after a new report released by Stanford highlighted the city's academic progress. For all demographics, the average Chicago student’s test scores improved by six grade levels in only five years—growth that far outpaces the average of other students in the U.S.
Finally, we welcome and congratulate Dr. Janice Jackson, in her new role as Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer. We could not be more excited to continue to work alongside Dr. Jackson and her team, building upon Chicago’s successes to date and realizing our shared vision for Chicago public education.
We look forward to partnering with you in the year ahead!
-The New Schools for Chicago Team