From Our District Leadership
Letter from Dr. Janice Jackson & LaTanya D. McDade
Chicago Public Schools is truly a district on the rise.
Thanks to the students, families, educators, partners, and city leaders who have given their all to lift CPS to new heights, we have so much to be proud of as a district. Our graduation and Freshman OnTrack rates are at an all-time high, and more CPS students than ever are enrolling in college, with nearly half of them earning college and career credentials before they even finish high school. We have made unprecedented investments in early childhood education and school facilities. We’ve also brought our families and school communities into the academic investment process and have expanded high-quality academic programs such as STEM, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, dual credit, and dual enrollment opportunities. And perhaps most importantly, we overhauled our security procedures and launched our new Office of Student Protections and Title IX as part of our unwavering commitment to protecting students from sexual harassment, violence, and abuse.
As CPS graduates and lifelong educators who have spent our lives serving Chicago students, we are incredibly proud of the historic academic progress that has taken root in our district. However, there remains an unacceptable difference in achievement outcomes for our students of color, English Language Learners, and diverse learners, and our new strategic plan will focus on promoting equity and narrowing the opportunity gap for students most in need.
Following an extensive engagement process, we incorporated feedback from families and educators into the new five-year vision. This vision builds on the core commitments that remain at the heart of who we are: academic progress, financial stability, and integrity. Driving academic progress will remain the primary focus of our work, and it will be rooted in longterm fiscal stability and a culture and climate that respects and values the contributions of all stakeholders.
The ambitious goals outlined in the five-year vision were developed in partnership with the University of Chicago’s Education Lab. Through a rigorous, data-informed goal-setting process and individualized success metrics tailored for each school community, the Vision will offer schools a clear roadmap to success while helping the district meet our collective goals by 2024.
Achieving the goals set forth in this vision will take a commitment from all of us — students, families, educators, and supporters of Chicago Public Schools. It will require examining every inequity, mining every resource, and engaging every community until students in all corners of our city have access to the high-quality education they deserve.
We are committed to providing a high-quality education for all children, regardless of their race, zip code, ability, or country of origin. We are inspired every day by the talent and tenacity of our students, and by the families and supporters who are working so diligently to meet their needs and help them reach their full potential. You are valued partners on this journey. We hope you will embrace the new CPS vision and join us on the road to success.
Janice K. Jackson, EdD
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Public Schools
LaTanya D. McDade
Chief Education Officer
Chicago Public Schools