The work of the Urban Education Institute (UEI) is often featured in the news. Here is a sampling.


Graduation Rates and Keeping Students On Track

September 24, 2014
National Association for Music Education

The Consortium's research along with Chicago's graduation success story are cited in this piece explaining the benefits of music education for keeping students focused. 

Study finds increase in academic standards may backfire if students are disengaged

September 12, 2014

Consortium researcher Julia Gwynne speaks on new findings showing that raising academic standards can backfire if classroom order and student engagement decline. 

U. of C. study: Challenging material, orderly class keys to learning

September 11, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times

The Consortium's report on challenging material and strong classroom environment is summarized, discussing the importance of both for true student success. 

Schools clear the decks to try step-by-step approach to teaching reading

September 10, 2014

Tim Knowles is quoted extensively throughout this piece by MinnPost regarding Minnesota's work with UEI and Impact's STEP to improve literacy across the state.

Keeping 9th Graders on Track Can Move Grad Rate, Research Finds

September 8, 2014
Education Week

UEI Directors Tim Knowles, Elaine Allensworth, and Cornelia Grumman presented D.C. officials with recent UEI research and results last week at Education Counsel.  The briefing is summarized here.

Chicago Isn't Waiting for Superman

September 5, 2014
U.S. News and World Report

John Dewey Director of UEI Tim Knowles' OpEd on the new problem Chicago Public Schools are facing - not enough chairs for all of the students staying in school!  Focusing on 9th grade on-track indicators is an efficient way to keep graduation rates up across the nation.  

CPS Can Cheer, but Challenges Remain

September 2, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times

The Consortium's "ground-breaking" research and the On-Track indicator are referenced in this editorial about both the successes and upcoming challenges facing Chicago Public Schools this year. 

Praise JRW Little Leaguers, but Remember Hadiya Pendleton

August 27, 2014
Crain's Chicago Business

Elaine Allensworth of the Consortium is cited on significant dropout rate decline in this piece that discusses the realities of life for kids in Chicago.

Chicago Public Schools Reports Graduation Rate Up

August 27, 2014
Chicago Tribune

The Consortium's recent report that 82% of last year's freshmen were on track to graduate is cited as indication that CPS graduation rates will continue to increase over the next years.

Editorial: Ferguson, race and remedies

August 19, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times

An editorial urging better supports for African American males cites the Crime and Urban Education Lab's study on the BAM sports-mentoring program, now part of President Obama's My Brother's Keeper initiative after showing dramatic positive impacts for participants. 

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