Published Online: January 25, 2007

Report Roundup

Study Cites Lessons Learned From Chicago

Strong curricula, better professional development for teachers, and shared leadership between parent councils, principals, and teachers are among the most important factors to improve student learning, a report drawing on the experience of the Chicago public schools argues.

The report—sponsored by the Chicago-based Parents United for Responsible Education and the Cambridge, Mass.-based National Center for Fair & Open Testing or FairTest—says that schools in the 415,000-student Chicago district responded better to decentralized reforms than to top-down, assessment-heavy initiatives similar to the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The report covers the progress of the city's public schools from 1990 to the present.

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