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Accountability Redesign

What is Accountability Redesign?

As part of the district’s work to develop a new system for school quality, the accountability redesign initiative will engage our city’s education stakeholders to inform the creation of a new school accountability system to promote equity and excellence in our schools.

Why It's Needed

The district is committed to measuring student and school performance, and the district’s current school accountability system, School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP), has been a national exemplar about how to use data to inform school communities.However, we have heard feedback from our community that SQRP can be improved upon to better account for systemic inequities and optimized to support critical aspects of the district’s work. In response, the district will partner with our community to develop a new system to better serve school communities and the district.

Accountability Redesign Goals

Key goals of the new SQRP go beyond traditional school ratings to include:

Providing a more complete picture of school performance and progress:

The district has formed a new advisory group that will seek to better portray the various ways in which schools have improved and are serving the needs of their diverse student populations.

Improving the district’s capacity to support schools:

Effective accountability systems are tied to strong school support, and the new system should ensure that every school is effectively supported.

Providing clear information to parents and the public:

By better understanding what parents and other stakeholder groups want measured and reported, the new system should help each family choose the school that best meets their child’s unique needs and advocate for the support their school community needs.

Advisory Group

In accordance with Chicago Public Schools’ Core Values of Equity, Integrity, and Transparency, the district has assembled a diverse group of stakeholders and experts into an Accountability Redesign Advisory Group. The Advisory Group is tasked with learning about accountability best practices, hearing potential solutions to key questions about accountability design, processing stakeholder feedback, and synthesizing all of this information into clear recommendations for the district.

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Advisory Group

In accordance with Chicago Public Schools’ Core Values of Equity, Integrity, and Transparency, the district has assembled a diverse group of stakeholders and experts into an Accountability Redesign Advisory Group. The Advisory Group is tasked with learning about accountability best practices, hearing potential solutions to key questions about accountability design, processing stakeholder feedback, and synthesizing all of this information into clear recommendations for the district.

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Contact

If you have questions or wish to provide feedback, please email us at SQRP@cps.edu.