For our new rankings of the Chicago area’s public elementary and high schools, we plunged deeper into the data than ever before, using smarter, fairer, and more reliable new ways of measuring performance—and got some surprising results.
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The research nonprofit RTI International calculated these rankings using data and methodology provided by Chicago. The data are the most recent available from CPS and the Illinois State Board of Education. Because the type of data available for Chicago charter schools differs from that for noncharters, we ranked city charters separately. What the Measures Mean … Read more
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