May 27, 2020
Dear CPS Parents and Families,
Earlier today, the district shared new data that shows the vast majority of students are accessing remote learning digitally through Google platforms. While this is positive news, we also acknowledge that we—administrators, educators, parents, and students—are still figuring out how to make remote learning work best for our community.
As district leaders and mothers of school-aged children, we know this transition to remote learning has come with its fair share of bumps in the road. However, the data we’re sharing today points to a positive trend that we are committed to building upon through the end of the year. And should we need to continue remote learning in the fall, we will have a lot of lessons learned to carry forward into the new school year.
Remote Learning District Overview | Week of May 11
The district uses data from Google Analytics and internal sources to understand how we can better support teachers, students, and families during remote learning.
Key takeaways from student engagement data:
- 93 percent of CPS students at district schools have digital access.
- The percentage of students using Google learning tools for remote learning at least once a week has increased from 70 percent during the first week of remote learning (April 13–April 17) to 77 percent during the week of May 11.
- 84 percent of students received at least one grade for an assignment during the week of May 11, which is an increase from 51 percent during the week grading guidance was released during the week of April 27.
- 85 percent of students were recorded as having contact with their school during the week of May 11 based on data reported by schools.
This is hopeful news for a district that serves a socioeconomically diverse student body. We believe that the interventions we put in place—from distributing more than 122,000 computing devices and more than 12 million meals—provided families with the resources they needed to support their children’s education from home.
As we move forward, we’re committed to improving remote learning and the ways in which we track student engagement. While it was important for the district to allow schools to use a variety of digital platforms when remote learning plans were quickly developed, we will be requiring all schools to adopt Google platforms should remote learning be needed in the fall. Using Google across all schools will ensure we have the most comprehensive data on student engagement, which will help us provide additional support for the students and schools who need it most.
We thank you for your continued support and patience. We will get through this together and look forward to providing you with an update on our progress after the last day of school.
Janice K. Jackson, EdD
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Public Schools
LaTanya D. McDade
Chief Education Officer
Chicago Public Schools