CPS Test Scores Plunge as Reality Intrudes

Chicago Tribune, July 17, 2013

Chicago Public Schools officials revealed Tuesday that only 52.5 percent of the district’s elementary students met or exceeded state academic standards in the last school year. That’s a nearly 22-percentage-point plunge from a year earlier.

Students didn’t suddenly get less intelligent. They were not doing as well in the past as everyone was led to believe. The state had dumbed down the tests and lowered cut scores to avoid sanctions from the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Educators fed parents an illusion that the vast majority of Illinois elementary students—more than 8 out of 10 last year—were performing well. {snip}

This isn’t exactly news. We’ve been talking about this for several years. The state finally moved last year to toughen the Illinois Standards Achievement Test in anticipation of meeting new national standards known as the common core curriculum.

Chicago has now reported its results, the first indication of how much inflation was going on with the ISAT.

We don’t know yet how big the drop will be across the state, but you can count on shock from Zion to Cairo. {snip}

The results will be ugly. Thousands of students statewide who were rated as meeting standards in 2012 will not make the cut in 2013. Teachers, principals and ISBE officials are bracing for a torrent of angry, confused and disappointed parents.

This is a long overdue dose of reality. {snip}

CPS officials say that there has been steady annual academic improvement over the past decade, even taking into account the state’s test gimmickry. CPS recalibrated old scores based on the new threshold. By that measure, only 23.4 percent of students met state standards in 2001. That has risen to 52.5 percent in 2013.

Yes, as poorly as everyone thought Chicago schools were performing a decade ago, the reality was much worse.

The current results show the achievement gap between minority and white students remains wide, and in some cases even wider than in past years.


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  • As the accuracy of the stats increased, the race gap increased.

    Which proved the Potemkin stat fudging was race-motivated in CPS ghetto schools all along.

    • Creepy as a cracker!

      Which means that blacks can never compete with Whites in the classroom. They should just accept the fact that they are intellectually inferior and get over it.

    • Really, when did we ever need proof that was happening?

    • NeanderthalDNA

      This is rich. Gonna be hilarious watching the heads roll.

      • I just want to watch Karen Lewis roll like the beach ball she is.

    • MBlanc46

      What else were they going to do? The only alternative to fudging the numbers is to admit that black and Hispanic kids just aren’t as bright as the white and Asian kids for whom the tests were designed. That’s not going to happen anytime soon in Chicago.

  • Spartacus

    Them’s realities be rayciss !

  • John Smith

    They can’t read cursive but still get a high school diploma.

  • dd121

    The “no child left behind” law, which was authored by neo-cons, was based on the false premise that blacks can someday be educated. They can’t. They never will. Because they don’t have the mental capacity that was inherited from their black parents.

    • The__Bobster

      Co-authored. Drunken Teddy had a large role in that farce.

      • dd121

        Considering the treachery that b*stard did to this country, it is my sincere hope he’s suffering in the 9th Circle of Hell.

  • David Ashton

    Separate schools are best for both races, because black teachers can enforce discipline without being accused of racism or low expectations; the school culture can be tailor made accordingly without dropping the literacy and numeracy priorities. I believe there is a good case also for single sex schools, at any rate here in the UK, and also ability setting in various subjects (though expensive). This is based partly on experience of both multiracial and all-white classrooms, and of both co-ed and single-gender schools. It is worth looking back at the school desegregation arguments on both sides in the US. The separation of black males from white females is a defensible precaution.

    • Sick of it

      From what I’ve read of attempts at gender segregated schools, the students do tend to perform better. I can understand completely, considering some of the things going through my mind at that age.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      I’ve only ever been in multiracial, co-ed classrooms, but I would agree that sex and race segregation is probably the best for all involved. Separating by race protects less violent races from more violent races and reflects the natural state of things; people voluntarily self-segregate whenever possible, so why not start it in school?

      And sex segregation would be a very good way to get students of both sexes focused on their work. Students could stop spending all their time trying to impress the opposite sex and start spending it studying and working hard.

  • David Ashton

    Analysis needed in the light of her cross-examination.


    Don’t they know that holding black people to any kind of a standard, in any situation for any reason what so ever is RACIST! All standards must be lowered, not raised. Because high standards will always show one group to be, well, all too unequal. That’s the reality, and in my opinion reality itself is clearly RACIST!

  • WR_the_realist

    [Gomer Pyle voice]Surprise! Surprise! Surprise![/Gomer Pyle Voice]

    Everyone here at Amren knew that this sort of cheating was certainly going to happen as a consequence of No Child Left Behind. That’s because us evil, vile, reprobate “racists” know that reality is what is is, whether we like it or not (and most of us don’t) while neocons and liberals believe they can make their own reality.

    • It’s about to get worse, with Commune Core being rolled out starting this coming school year. For the first time, teacher job tenure and pay will be directly linked to student performance. Which means that any and every way that someone can dream up to cheat, it’s going to be done.

      • Sick of it

        Even worse – It’s a federal curriculum. Expect children to be well versed in lies while ignorant of reality.

  • JohnEngelman

    The current results show the achievement gap between minority and white students remains wide, and in some cases even wider than in past years.

    – Chicago Tribune, July 17, 2013

    Nevertheless, the government keeps trying to find a method to narrow the gap. When will they acknowledge that it will take at least a thousand years of evolution?

    • WR_the_realist

      Or maybe just 200 years of positive eugenics. But eugenics must never, ever, be permitted. The word itself is a Thought Crime.

  • The__Bobster

    The state finally moved last year to toughen the Illinois Standards Achievement Test in anticipation of meeting new national standards known as the common core curriculum.

    Hmmm, the only positive thing I’ve seen come from Common Core.

  • I have no doubt she could have dictated that 3rd grade mumbo jumbo.

  • bigone4u

    Blacks pull down test scores and everything else of value that can be pulled down: property values, the public safety, etc. They pull up things of negative value like crime rates. Realism dictates that those with low IQs be separated from higher IQ students. Notice that the schools and teachers get the blame, not the IQ levels that teachers have to work with.

    • Sick of it

      Our country is completely inadequate with regards to education for gifted and talented students. They are left with everyone else most of the time, learn less than they would in their own schools, and often lose interest in the boring curriculum produced for people of lesser ability. Gifted students need a place that can offer them something more, complete with a career pathway.

  • MBlanc46

    I wonder how many angry parents there will be. The white kids will test pretty well. The failures will mainly be black and Hispanic. If black and Hispanic parents cared about their children’s education, the kids would be at least working up to their potential instead of ditching and raising hell when they don’t ditch.

  • sbuffalonative

    I repeat myself often because it’s basically just the same stories over and over.

    As I’ve said before, whenever the MSM (NYT) reports a ‘closing of the racial achievement gap’, a dramatic rise in test scores, or a new system of teaching the raises achievement, you can be sure that a couple years later, the improvements were the results of cheating and or manipulation of scores. Guaranteed. Every time. It’s a sure bet.

  • Sick of it

    Feel free to keep laughing at the Calvinists, because they ignore free will.


    No, no, she didn’t actually write the letter herself. She simply dictated it to a friend who wrote it down for her.

  • MBlanc46

    That argument might go through except that the elites seem to have committed themselves pretty completely to testing. I suspect that the main motivation was to bash public school teachers with the results so that they could continue their drive to privatize K-12 education. Alas, for them, the race gap appears in charter schools as well. Apparently they believed their own propaganda about black ability. So they have to test and they have to fudge.

  • Irishgirl

    Not to split hairs, but this letter says, “Why are you following me?” which is grammatically correct, whereas on the stand Ms. Jeantel said, “Why you following me for?”
    This makes me wonder how much, if any, of this letter she really dictated.