Chicago Public Schools students have made gains in achievement test scores, particularly in science, but saw a drop in reading comprehension, Mayor Richard Daley and Chicago School CEO Rob Huberman said Tuesday.
Preliminary data from this last spring's testing showed that 24.4 percent of CPS students scored a 20 or higher on the ACT. The average score on the college entrance exam rose from 17 to 17.3. The highest score is a 36.
However, reading scores on the Prairie State Achievement Exam were down by .9 percentage points.
"This concerns me greatly," Daley said at the announcement of the results at Chicago Vocational Career Academy.
Huberman said he was encouraged by the results.
"We've been making science real for our students," he said, in pointing out the 2.9 percentage point gain in science.