Tracy Dell’Angela

Education Blogger

Chicago, Illinois

Tracy Dell’Angela is a writer, education non-profit executive director and a mom passionate about education improvements. Previously, Tracy was Director of Outreach and Communications for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington D.C. She came to IES from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, which produces research that drives improvement in Chicago and nationwide. She also served as Senior Project Director for 100Kin10 at the University of Chicago and was Director of Program Investments and Partnerships for the Chicago Public Education Fund. Tracy spent most of her career as an award-winning newspaper journalist, including 12 years at the Chicago Tribune as an education reporter covering national policy and the Chicago Public Schools.

A Californian by birth but a Chicagoan in spirit, Tracy attended University of Chicago as a master’s student in social sciences and earned a B.A. in journalism and political science from San Diego State University.

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Posted Dec. 11, 2017

How Three Black Male Educators Took a Seventh-Grader From ‘Discipline Problem’ To Poetry Champ

Chris is a young man who struggles mightily with his academic work and has a reputation among teachers and students…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Oct. 3, 2017

SAT Scores Are Up But Only 46 Percent of Students Are Prepared for College

SAT scores are way up this year, the College Board reported this week. And that might be cause for celebration,…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Aug. 16, 2017

Illinois’ School Accountability Plan Doesn’t Work for Our Kids and the Feds Told Them So

It’s comforting to learn that the feds (i.e. The U.S. Department of Education run by Secretary Betsy DeVos) has some…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Aug. 7, 2017

Here’s Why You Should Worry Less About Your Kid’s Happiness and More About Their Test Scores

We’ve known this for a while, but here’s another survey to add fuel to the fire: Parents tend to inflate…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted July 25, 2017

10 Things Teachers Do That Drive Students Crazy

We’re in the heart of summer, a time when teachers are knee deep in professional training and contemplating how to…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted June 29, 2017

We’ve Known for Years What Makes Teachers Better: It Isn’t Sexy or Controversial But It Works

As school reforms go, it’s not sexy, it’s not new, and it’s not at all controversial. So it probably won’t…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted June 8, 2017

Illinois’ Current School Funding Formula Is the Definition of Insanity. Here’s How This Superintendent Says We Can Fix It.

Kimako Patterson is the superintendent of Prairie-Hills Elementary District 144. Prairie-Hills is a 2,600-student district in the south suburbs of…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted May 16, 2017

Parents Can’t Just Use Test Scores to Choose a School. They Need the Whole Story.

Whenever parents would get into a discussion about “good schools” and “bad schools,” I would urge them to look beyond…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Mar. 20, 2017

It’s Common Sense: There Are No Great Schools Without Great Principals

Back in the day, when I was an education reporter and trying to figure out where to find the school…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Mar. 17, 2017

Forget Your Nostalgia for White Picket Fences, Suburban Schools Need to Accept the New Reality

There’s a myth that persists in education for both parents and teachers: That heading to suburban schools somehow insulates you from…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Dec. 8, 2017

Teachers Are Ready to End the School-to-Prison Pipeline But They Need the Trump Administration’s Help

2.6 million. That is the number of children suspended from U.S. public schools in one calendar year—2.6 million. That data, released in 2014 by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for…

By Lillian Lowery, Evan Stone

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Posted Dec. 7, 2017

This Video of Denver DREAMers Challenged Me to Check My Privilege

Being the “Type A,” driven overachiever that I am, I tend to be a planner—often, to a fault. As the daughter of a Purdue grad,…

By Chyrise Harris

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Posted Dec. 7, 2017

How Quincy Patterson Became Virginia Tech’s First Quarterback to Major in Engineering

If you follow Chicago’s high school football scene, you probably already know Quincy Patterson, the Solorio High School quarterback who drew lots of attention from…

By Maureen Kelleher

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