In fall 2020, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) asked Kids First Chicago (K1C) to serve as the district’s lead stakeholder engagement partner for Accountability Redesign – a multi-year initiative to create a new system for measuring school quality and performance that would be fully informed by the ideas, insights, and perspectives of our city’s diverse education stakeholders.
This new system will replace the district’s previous measurement system, School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP). A strength of SQRP was that it included student growth measures, as well as school climate and culture information, compared to previous policies that focused on student attainment.
We heard loud and clear, however, that SQRP did not always align to stakeholders’ vision of what a “high-quality” school should provide for students – and, despite the inclusion of multiple measures, the policy reduced schools to a single rating.
K1C was responsible for creating the project’s stakeholder engagement plan and supporting the district on the outreach, collection, and synthesis of all stakeholder feedback data through town hall meetings, focus groups, surveys, local engagement efforts, and more.