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


Illinois Surveys Teachers, Students and Parents on the Essentials of School Success

October 31, 2014
US Department of Education

An in-depth look at the way UChicago Impact's 5Essentials are being used in schools across Illinois. 

State will Release New Tracking Data on Schools Later this Month

October 16, 2014
Chicago Sun Times

5Essentials and the Consortium's research about graduation rates are cited in this piece about new data that will be avilable on school report cards.



Chicago's Local School Councils "Experiment" Endures 25 Years of Change

October 8, 2014
Education Week

The Consortium's research is cited to reference the increase in graduation rates in Chicago, as well as the detail in various periods of reform across the city the past 25 years.

No Letter Grades in New NYC School Rating System

October 2, 2014
Wall Street Journal

In a speech announcing NYC Schools' plans to overhaul the current school letter grading system to be replaced with a more nuanced approach that takes into account school culture, community and family satisfaction, and safety, Chancellor Carmen Farina referenced the work of the Consortium.  This WSJ piece quotes UChicago Impact CEO John Gasko and references the Consortium as a base for the new NYC school evaluation system. 

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.  

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