Chicago Public Schools'

SCHOOL QUALITY RATING POLICY

 
 

UNDERSTANDING how we measure school quality in Chicago.

 
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HOW IS SCHOOL QUALITY MEASURED IN CHICAGO?

 
 

In Chicago, each school, regardless of school type, receives a School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) score and level rating. This score is primarily driven by student achievement and growth for a particular school and is used to measure a school’s overall performance.  A school’s annual numeric score and performance level rating is based on their performance during the previous school year. This is a robust and comprehensive measure of a school’s overall performance, and includes factors beyond assessments, such as survey and culture data. The SQRP is also used to measure school performance over time and determine whether schools are eligible for more intense interventions.

HOW DOES SQRP influence OUR work?

To counteract movement from year to year, NSC prioritizes a 2-year SQRP average along with a multi-year view of level ratings to better understand a school’s performance. Measuring the consistency of a school’s activity over time provides a more accurate depiction of that school’s performance.

In aggregate, we look at the breadth of all schools’ performance from year to year to better understand whether the district is functioning effectively and efficiently for families.

 

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SCORES & LEVEL RATINGS

 
 

 

Schools score points based on student performance in key areas. Depending on their numeric score, a school is then assigned a Level Rating and Accountability Status. There are 5 Level Ratings within the School Quality Ratings Policy ranging from Level 1+ to Level 3. 

LEVEL RATING

SCORE RANGE

DESCRIPTION

LEVEL 1+

4.0 or Higher

Above average performance that far exceeds expectations.

LEVEL 1

3.5 to 3.9

 

Above average performance that exceeds expectations.

LEVEL 2+

3.0 to 3.49

Average performance that meets expectations.

LEVEL 2

2.0 to 2.9

Below average performance that does not meet expectations.

LEVEL 3

Less than 2.0

Far below average performance that does not meet expectations.

N/A

No Score

Not enough data. This often occurs when a school is new, or serves only K-3rd grades.

 

 

 

WHAT MEASURES GO INTO A SCHOOL’S SQRP SCORE AND LEVEL RATING?

SQRP measurements are designed to help us understand if students are prepared for the next stage. In Elementary school that means being prepared for high-school. In high school, that means being ready to transition to college or careers. 

 
 

Both Elementary and High School SQRP Scores and Level ratings, including these measures: 

  • Student Growth on Standardized Tests

  • Student Attainment on Standardized Tests

  • Attendance

  • School Climate and Culture

For High Schools SQRP also includes measures of:

  • Whether students are prepared for college or careers. 

  • Whether students are on track to graduate.

 

ELEMENTARY SQRP

At the elementary school level, student growth makes up the majority of a school's numeric score and level rating.
 

HIGH SCHOOL SQRP

At the high school level, a school's numeric score and level rating are comprised of many measures.
 
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