Public Forum: What Makes a School Great?

What makes a school great? And do school level ratings measure it?

Chicago schools live and die by their level ratings. Ratings drive enrollment and resources and are used to justify closings. What if communities created a rating system to help schools, students and families? What would a rating system designed to decrease sorting, segregation, and inequity look like?

With Jack Schneider, assistant professor of education, College of the Holy Cross; author of the book Beyond Test Scores: A Better Way to Measure School Quality; and director of research, Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment

Come to this forum to learn about existing rating systems, like the CPS level system, hear what happened when one community in Massachusetts decided to do things differently and help us brainstorm about how things could change here in Chicago.

Event sponsors: Chicago United for Equity, Chicago Teachers Union, Chicago Teachers Union Foundation, FairTest, Generation All, Parents 4 Teachers and Raise Your Hand

This forum is the third event in the community discussions series Parents and Teachers Driving Testing Policy, a collaboration of Raise Your Hand, the Chicago Teachers Union and FairTest. 

Download a pdf flyer to print here.

Resources from the event

Press from the event

CAN TV is broadcasting the forum on Thursday, Feb 22, at 9am and 4:30pm on CAN TV27. It will also play on Friday, February 23, at 6:00pm and Saturday, February 24, at 9am and 4:30pm. You can watch full video of the forum on the CAN TV YouTube channel.

UPDATE 2.11.18:

The forum runs from 7-9pm in the Little Theater. You can enter the high school via the accessible entrance at Door 6 which is on the east side of the building by the main parking lot. (Enter parking lot from Lake Park ave.)

Kenwood is served by several CTA bus lines (#6, #28, #15, #172) and the 51st/53rd St Metra stop.

Free parking is available in the Kenwood parking lots. On-street parking is a mix of free and pay, and there is a large parking garage one block south on Lake Park Ave, enter just south of 52nd St after the McDonald's.


Will you come?