"In a meeting with parents Monday at Perez Elementary School on the city's West Side, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard saw how even the best CPS schools will struggle to measure up when the district adopts a more rigorous curriculum (Common Core State Standards) next school year."
School was commended for performance has one one-quarter at or above grade level in reading.
- This year, Perez, a predominantly Hispanic school in the Pilsen neighborhood, is among the first CPS schools to implement the tougher Common Core curriculum, a national initiative to improve student comprehension and analysis in core subjects such as math and reading. The early returns aren't good.
Perez's performance on the Illinois Standard Achievement Test and other benchmarks last year earned an elite Level 1 ranking from CPS. But barely one-third of third-, fourth- and fifth-graders at Perez scored at or above their grade levels in reading and slightly more than one-third did so in math on testing aligned with Common Core.
Little more than one-quarter of Perez's sixth- and eighth-graders were at or above their grade level in reading.
"At first it's a shock, it's a shock to anyone who sees it," said Perez Principal Vicky Kleros. "It's really a sobering score card."