District academic Performance



In Chicago, each school, regardless of school type, receives a School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) score. This score is primarily driven by student achievement and growth for a particular school, and is used to measure a school’s overall performance.  Schools receive a numerical score and a performance level rating each year based on their performance from the previous school year. The SQRP is also used to measure school performance over time and determine whether schools are eligible for more intense interventions.


School Level Ratings for One Year:

  • Level 1+ is the highest performance 
  • Level 1 is high performance
  • Level 2+ is average performance
  • Level 2 is below average performance
  • Level 3 is the lowest performance; school is in need of “intensive intervention” 

Schools that are consistently Level 1+, Level 1 or in the upper half of the Level 2+ rating over two or more years are considered to be high quality (Average score of 3.2 or higher over two or more years). Schools that are rated a mid-Level 2 or lower over a two or more year period are considered low quality (Average score of 2.5 or less over two or more years).




When comparing 2015-2016 school performance data to the newly released 2016-2017 performance data, we see an improvement in overall performance of schools across the Chicago Public School system. 


28,144 more students are now attending high-quality schools.


NOTE: It is often insufficient to rely on a single year’s measure of a school, as SQRP’s emphasis on growth can frequently lead to significant year-to-year volatility in SQRP scores for schools performing in the middle range.  It is better to look at a longitudinal view (across multiple years) of Level ratings.  We utilize a 2-year average of a school’s SQRP score (the point total that Level ratings are determined from) to understand the quality of that school.