The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) recently announced the launch of a multi-year effort to create a new system for measuring school quality that is informed by the ideas, insights and perspectives of diverse stakeholders.

In order to engage the public, the district is holding targeted engagement sessions with existing CPS stakeholders, including community action councils, parent advisory councils and local school councils, launching district-wide stakeholder meetings, issuing surveys and holding specific focus groups and workshops.

To ensure that the proposed policy reflects feedback and includes diverse voices, the CPS is also launching an advisory group that will develop the new policy, which will be rooted in community feedback.

The new policy will be presented to the Chicago Board of Education for consideration in spring 2022, with the first school ratings under the new system to be released in the fall of 2023.

The district will hold four virtual town-hall meetings that will be simultaneously presented in Spanish. The goal of these small- and large-group discussions is to create a baseline understanding of the history and purpose of school accountability while also collecting initial feedback from a broad set of stakeholders across the city.

The virtual town-hall meetings will be held on these dates: Wednesday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., bit.ly/sqrptownhall1; Thursday, March 4, from 5 to 7 p.m., bit.ly/sqrptownhall2; Monday, March 8, from 4 to 6 p.m., bit.ly/sqrptownhall3; and Wednesday, March 10, from 1 to 3 p.m., bit.ly/sqrptownhall4.

After initial feedback meetings, the district will engage in a set of more intensive engagement through focus groups, surveys, workshops and other research and data collection. The perspectives, input and ideas generated through these discussions will be presented to the advisory group on an ongoing basis and ultimately will be reflected in the final proposed policy developed by the advisory group.