Sneak peek at high school offers some freshmen a leg up

“Step Up to High School,” as it was called, would be aimed at 4,000 8th graders who had scored below average on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills, but above the cutoff for promotion to high school. The idea was to get students into the high schools they plan to attend before classes begin in the fall so they could get acclimated to their new surroundings.

Comings & goings

The Chicago Public Schools’ efforts to hire 3,000 new teachers for the 2003-04 school year have yielded 1,854 new hires through mid-August, with 125 applicants receiving job offers after attending a Teacher Career Fair at Navy Pier on July 24. Roughly 1,900 candidates attended the job fair, which was the district’s largest to date.

Comings & Goings

CPS and the Chicago Teachers Union have named the 10 poor performing schools that will have one year to turn around achievement or risk closure. The so-called partnership elementary schools are Attucks, Bass, Burke, Chalmers, Delano, Hartigan, Medill and Raymond. The high schools are Richards and Collins. Under an agreement finalized by CPS and CTU in April, the schools will receive additional instructional and monetary resources to improve academic standing.