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Resources for Local School Councils

Click on the links below for more information and resources for Local School Councils.

Catalyst is a Web site and monthly news magazine that independently reports on the Chicago Public Schools and provides detailed analysis of school reform in Chicago.

On the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Web site there is a link to the Illinois Interactive Report Card. There you will find test scores, demographic information, and other data about any school in Illinois. This service is provided through Northern Illinois University.

The Chicago Public Schools’ Web site has a section for parents.

Below are organizations that provide quality research about student testing.

FairTest, The National Center for Fair and Open Testing, is an advocacy organization working to end the abuses, misuses and flaws of standardized testing and ensure that evaluation of students and workers is fair, open, and educationally sound.

Illinois Association of School Boards is dedicated to promoting excellence in local school governance and in supporting public education.

International Reading Association (IRA), summary of an IRA position statement: High Stakes Assessments in Reading (August 1999).

U.S. Dept. of Education’s Office for Civil Rights archived report, “The Use of Tests as Part of High-Stakes Decision-Making for Students.”

The national and state chapters of the PTA can be a valuable resource for parents. The national office is headquartered in Chicago.

The complete Open Meetings Act statute is available on State’s Attorney Lisa Madigan’s web site, as well as a “Frequently Asked Questions” document that describes changes to the law effective January 1, 2010.

Roberts Rules of Order is the standard for rules governing a formal meeting. Roberts Rules should be used to run Local School Council meetings. This is just one of many Web sites available for referencing and ordering copies of Roberts Rules.

Schools Moving Up helps schools and districts address the immense challenge of raising student achievement in low-performing schools. In an interactive Web format.

You may find text of the Chicago School Reform Law on the Illinois General Assembly’s Web site.

Consortium on Chicago School Research is a research organization that studies Chicago school reform.

South Side United is a nonprofit organization that supports Local School Councils on the South Side.