THIS KEY RESOURCE PROVIDES QUESTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION & DISCUSSION AS YOU READ THE ARA.
The Annual Regional Analysis (ARA) is a report produced by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) every year to aid in district planning and support its mission of providing a high-quality school in every neighborhood.
It is a consistent set of information on enrollment, student demographics, school quality, school choice, and program offerings organized by region. It demonstrates improvements over time while also illuminating areas for district intervention and collective action. The report presents data, but does not make recommendations or action steps, instead serving as an input to community engagement and joint solution development.
Critical enhancements to categories of information were added based on community feedback and were designed to drive an equity focus throughout the system. These enhancements include:
Comprehensive information on Pre-K and Options/Alternative students in addition to all other CPS students.
Inclusion of commute time (in addition to distance traveled)
Improved student choice data (new GoCPS high school application data)
More programmatic variety data
The report includes a district overview section along with an analysis of each of 16 regions. CPS utilized the 16 regions aligned to the city planning department’s Chicago Neighborhoods Now initiative.
For each section the report includes data aligned around four main questions:
Quality: How many Level 1+/1 seats are there?
Quantity: How many seats are there for the student population?
Choice: Are students choosing schools in their region? An indication of the availability of attractive options.
Variety: Do students have access to the variety of schools and programs offered?
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY & FINDINGS
PROGRAM AVAILABILITY & VARIETY
In order to help you navigate the report and all of it's information , we've provided snapshots of each region and the district overview including downloadable PDFs.
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Released in September of 2018, CPS’s inaugural Annual Regional Analysis (ARA) was celebrated as an accessible, comprehensive, and critical source of district and school performance data. Designed to provide community leaders, policymakers, parents, and educators with the information they need to make informed decisions about Chicago’s public schools, the newly updated and just released ARA 2018-19 is now expanded to support more equity-focused priorities.