Chicago charter schools produce wildly uneven results on state tests
By Rosalind Rossi and Art Golab Staff Reporters November 30, 2011 12:02AM
Michael Milkie Superintendent Noble Network of Charter Schools, looking over Raquel Ibarra's work, while Principal Tressie McDonough looks over Yazmine Carbajal's work in an AP Calculus class at the UIC College Prep High School 1231 S. Damen. Wednesday, November 23, 2011 | Brian Jackson~Sun-Times
Updated: November 30, 2011 6:43AM
Chicago charter school franchises produced wildly uneven results — even among different campuses of the same chain — on state achievement test data released Wednesday for the first time in more than a decade.
Only one of nine Chicago multi-site charter operators — Noble Street — beat the districtwide average of all Chicago public schools for the percent of students passing state tests last spring on every campus it oversees.
The overall passing rate at two city charter franchises — Aspira and North Lawndale — was below the city average at every campus those two groups operate.
Four other chains — Betty Shabazz, Perspectives, North Lawndale and Chicago International —