Chicago school teachers are either the first or second highest paid in the nation, with these results:
In 2011, the U.S. Department of Education administered National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests in reading and math to students around the country, including in the Chicago Public Schools. The tests were scored on a scale of 0 to 500, with 500 being the best possible score. Based on their scores, the U.S. Department of Education rated students’ skills in reading and math as either “below basic,” “basic,” “proficient” or “advanced.”
Nationally, public school 8th graders scored an average of 264 on the NAEP reading test. Statewide in Illinois, the 8th graders did a little better, scoring an average of 266. But in the Chicago Public Schools, 8th graders scored an average of only 253 in reading. That was lower even than the nationwide average of 255 among 8th graders in “large city” public schools.
With these NAEP test results, only 19 percent of Chicago public school 8th graders rated proficient in reading while another 2 percent rated advanced—for a total of 21 percent who rated proficient or better.
79 percent of Chicago public school 8th graders were not grade-level proficient in reading. According to the U.S. Department of Education, this included 43 percent who rated “basic” and 36 percent who rated “below basic.”
Yet they are on strike. They were offered a 16% raise, but they don’t want to be evaluated and they don’t want charter schools luring away their victims.
Lewis: we’ve got brand new principals being trained online. #ctustrike
— WBEZeducation (@WBEZeducation) September 10, 2012
They say it’s not their fault, it’s those dumb, poor kids. We just keep sending the teachers substandard ingredients and they can’t fix that.
I’m willing to agree that teachers cannot fix bad parenting and poor home-lives. But if that’s your excuse for low graduation rates and high illiteracy rates, then you cannot also use it as justification for increased salaries and benefits.