CPS High School Scorecard Frequently Asked Questions 1) What is - PDF
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CPS High School Scorecard Frequently Asked Questions 1) What is the purpose of the CPS High School Scorecard? The CPS High School Scorecard is one of the first efforts developed as part of CPS' High School Transformation Project. It is intended to provide information about our high schools beyond test score results. In addition, 8th grade students and their parents/guardians can use this information to help select the best high school for their children. 2) How were the scorecards developed? The scorecards were developed through a collaborative process involving CPS Central Office personnel, Area Instructional Officers, students, parents, school principals, teachers, and educational researchers. 3) Does every CPS High School have a Scorecard? No, not every CPS High School has a Scorecard. A school may not have a Scorecard for one of three reasons: 1) it currently is not accepting freshmen students, 2) it is an alternative high school to which freshmen typically do not apply, or 3) it is a high school that serves only Special Education students. For schools not currently accepting freshmen students, scorecards will be produced for them once freshmen admissions resume. In the case of high schools enrolling only special education students, we are working with these schools to develop scorecards, which report information meaningful to those students and parents. Once completed, these scorecards will be distributed along with those for all other high schools. 4) When was the data shown in the scorecard collected? Most of the data shown in the scorecard were collected at various times during the school year that ended in June of 2005. Freshmen Graduating Within 5 Years and Post- secondary Enrollment are based on the Class of 2004. Since it is data from the last two school years, some of the information about schools such as total enrollment and grades served may have changed. A new scorecard will be produced for each school after this school year ends in June of 2006. 5) Why do some schools have N/A for their values? N/A, Not Applicable, is reported in the place of actual numbers when a school does not have any information to report on a particular measure. This can occur because the school did not have enough student enrollment to collect that data yet, did not have enough students included in the measure to meet minimum reporting levels of 5 or more, or in the case of charter schools, did not participate in information sharing with the CPS Central Office. New schools do not have any data, but are real choices for parents and children. 6) Why are some values reported as a dash? Dashes are used to fill in for measures that are under construction for future scorecards or when rankings and trends/benchmarks are not provided for a particular measure. 7) Why does the total number of schools in the ranking change from one category to the next? The total number of schools that is ranked varies from metric to another based on the number of schools that had data available for that particular metric. For example, a school must have had a junior class last year to have values reported for Average ACT and Students Meeting/Exceeding PSAE. 8) Why are some schools ranked against only seven schools? The seven schools that are ranked only against one another are CPS’ Selective Enrollment Schools. These schools have a very specialized admissions process. Therefore, these schools are not comparable to other CPS high schools. CPS’ eighth selective enrollment school, the Lindblom Math and Science Academy is a new school. It does not yet have data and is not ranked. 9) Why are the numbers reported for “Freshmen Graduating within 5 Years” different from the “Graduation Rate” numbers reported in the High School Directory? The numbers for these two measures are different because, while related, they are meant to capture different information. The “Graduation Rate” reported in the High School Directory reports the number of graduates compared to freshmen enrollment 4 years ago. While this calculation uses numbers from 4 years ago it does not consider that with transfers, both in and out, the actual students accounted for may have changed. “Freshmen Graduating within 5 Years” was meant to measure the graduation of students by tracking them for the entire time they remained in CPS. 10) How does a student taking more than one Advanced Placement (AP) courses get calculated in the “Students Enrolled in Advanced Placement Classes” number? Each student is only counted once in this measure no matter how many AP courses he or she takes. We made this decision because we wanted to measure the opportunity that all students in a school had to take AP courses and not just look at the AP course taking of a few students. 11) How does a student passing more than one Advanced Placement (AP) exam get calculated in the “Students Scoring 3+ on an Advanced Placement Exam” number? As with course taking, each student is only counted once in this measure no matter how many AP exams he or she earns a 3 or better on. We made this decision because we wanted to insure that all students were taking AP courses that were of high enough standard to allow them to earn exam scores of 3 or better. 12) The average days absent at some schools seems to be very high, does every student really miss 30 or more days of school a year? Chronically truant, transferring, or homebound students can inflate the number of days absent at a school. CPS is taking steps for future scorecards to collect that data differently so that we can present a more accurate picture of the attendance for a “typical” student. 13) Where can I find out more information about each school? You can find more information about the schools in CPS Choice: 2006-07 High School Directory. This book provides written descriptions, including special programs and admission criteria, for each CPS High School. Copies are available at elementary schools, high schools, libraries, and your alderman’s office.