More than 101,000 students, teachers, and principals across the Chicago public school system participated in the UChicago Consortium’s 2003 Improving Chicago’s Schools survey. Students told us about their school experiences, attitudes, and activities. Teachers and principals told us about instruction in their classrooms and their professional development experiences, and answered our questions about the conditions under which they work. This information about where a school is and how it is developing can help the school assess its progress and plan for the future.

Torvalds is the pseudonym for a representative CPS school.