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Bright Elementary School

Public | PK-8 | 355 students

 

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Posted September 10, 2013

This school could be better if staff and parents work together...There is a little parent involvement...We do not have a permanent principal, and we do not know for how long this will be...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2013

Intolerable principal scares teachers away. Every year. This is how it goes: principal begins "dropping in" unannounced at a classroom. She tells the teacher that she does not know how to teach and that she is "concerned." Next, principal begins calling the teacher to her office every day after school for 2-3 hour "meetings" where principal tells the teacher shes not following "best practices." Teacher cannot correct papers, set up her classroom, etc because of all the time wasted in the office as the principal takes phone calls and checks her texts. Next, the teacher quits or transfers before mid January when the principal promises to begin the E3 dismissal process which will ruin the teachers record. Then the principal replaces the bullied teacher by a current teacher that is teaching in another grade at the school. Finally, another new teacher --who has few rights according to the CTU contract-- is hired with open arms and TLC. Then the new teacher gets bullied toward the end of the school year and the beginning of the new school year until she quits by January before the principal can fire her using the dismissal process. This happens to 7+ teachers every year at Bright school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2012

Worst principal ever at Orville T. Bright Elementary in Chicago. O.T. Bright has had excellent teachers even Golden Apple Award winners and some Nationally Board Certified teachers. Unfortunately, we have lost every single one of these great teachers. The principal harasses and publicly humiliates staff members then calls them "combative." This is why we have 80% new staff every year, including a new assistant principal every year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2012

Horrible environment for children, teachers, and assistant principals. That's why enrolment keeps dropping, positions are being eliminated and why teachers transfer and quit this school throughout the school year. I've seen the principal yelling at teachers in front of students. What message does this send our children? My child told me about the time the principal interrupted a math lesson with all her carrying on and strange behavior. The LSC council is a rubber-stamp joke that no parents want to join so they keep having "elections." Why won't CPS do something?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2012

Terrible principal yells at everybody. The school s test scores have plummeted. Enrolment has dropped. Teaching positions have been cut. Many teachers leave in the middle of the year. 8 teachers that started the school year in September left by February. Why? I have heard the principal yelling at students and at teachers. Why would the children respect there teachers if they hear the principal screaming at them? Why don t we have a math teacher at Bright for months and months? I have heard children tell teachers why should I listen to you? You are going to get fired anyway . I have heard parents complaining about the homework teachers give the students. Before November the teachers only send out work sheets printed from the internet. The parents blame the teachers year after year. Who is in charge of ordering text books the teachers or the principal? Why is it that we get almost a whole new batch of teachers and a new assistant principal every year but the problems are always the same? The teachers, assistant principals and counselors come and go but the principal is always there screaming at children and teachers and blaming them for her own failures year after year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2011

I agree about there being a lot of turmoil at Bright. I don't understand why so many good teachers end up leaving every year. Even the counselor and assistant principal did not return this year. I want to know why the students don't get all the workbooks they need until so late in the year. Is turmoil the reason why teachers leave even in the middle of the year? This will be the last year my kids go to Bight school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

The staff there has been very inspirational for all of us students, whom attended past and present. It has survived decades of hardship and turmoil. They have still managed to successfully produce excellent students.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
60%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
58%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
45%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
59%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
58%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students23%
Female40%
Male15%
Black14%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income23%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities21%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students32%
Female50%
Male24%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income32%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities31%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students27%
Female23%
Male30%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income27%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities31%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students24%
Female31%
Male20%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income24%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities28%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students64%
Female54%
Male70%
Black58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income64%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students23%
Femalen/a
Male20%
Black6%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income23%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students9%
Femalen/a
Male7%
Black6%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income9%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities14%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students26%
Female33%
Male19%
Black15%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income27%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students29%
Female40%
Male19%
Black20%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income30%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities38%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students33%
Female39%
Male29%
Black32%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income33%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities46%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students42%
Female39%
Male45%
Black43%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income42%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students67%
Female72%
Male62%
Black68%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income67%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students26%
Female17%
Male33%
Black23%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income26%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students30%
Female42%
Male20%
Black23%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income30%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities38%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

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46%
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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 value table growth scores from the state of Illinois.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 63% 18%
Hispanic 35% 24%
Two or more races 1% 3%
White 1% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Millicent L Clyburn

Resources

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  • Art teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
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Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading

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  • Drawing / sketching
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