Quality Seats Report:


The Students Most Affected by Chicago's Lowest Performing Schools

There are over 380,000 students in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system. When we compare student and school performance data from 2011 to 2017, we see that although there are significantly fewer low-quality schools, there are still many under-performing schools that are providing nearly 50,000 students with a “failing seat”. We define “failing” as those school’s with two-year School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) averages of below 3.0 for multiple years as those students are not performing at grade level or growing at a rate that will allow them to eventually become competitive with their peers nationally. Simply put, they are behind the average student and continue to fall further behind.


When we ask “Who is sitting in those seats?,” we see that far too many “failing seats” are in specific community areas – and some in large amounts – and are provided to more African American children than the proportion of their total enrollment numbers in CPS.