Citywide Education Progress Reports

CHICAGO: District and Charter Leaders Collaborate to Align Performance Standards, Unify Enrollment

The divide between district and charter schools is a central issue in a number of cities, including Chicago. Yet leaders in Chicago often showed a commitment to rise above turf wars to find solutions for the pressing issues facing the school system. The city’s District-Charter Collaboration Compact made concrete policy changes, more than any other city with a formal collaborative effort.

Between 2011 and 2017, the Compact team successfully advocated for a more equitable distribution of funds to district and charter schools, worked together to support personalized learning, and developed the unified enrollment system.

One of the most significant wins was the development of aligned performance standards through the School Quality Rating Policy, which uses academic and school climate indicators. This information is now available in GoCPS—a consolidated school guide—so families can easily compare school options.

View Chicago’s citywide education progress report.

The Center on Reinventing Public Education is a research and policy analysis center at the University of Washington Bothell developing systemwide solutions for K–12 public education. Questions? Email