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COMPETITION FOR TOP ACADEMIC CENTERS HEATS UP

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Matthew Greenberg (312) 409-8411

April 2, 2016

     Chicago, IL –In the most recent round of admissions, average Academic Center admissions scores recovered from the battering they took the prior year, when CPS replaced the ISAT with the far more rigorous MAP as the 5th grade score component. Last year was the first time that CPS used a Common Core aligned test in the Academic Center admissions process. Its introduction caused a particularly noticeable decline among the less competitive schools and students from the lowest Tiers at all schools. The MAP accounts for 300 points of CPS’ 900 point admissions scale.

     Competition for spots at the two top Academic Centers, Whitney Young and Lane Tech, intensified as scores rose across all of the Tiers. There was a particularly noticeable squeeze at Lane Tech where there was only a 6-point difference in the minimum score (864) and maximum score (870) of an accepted Tier 4 student.

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