High School and College Success
Propelling more students to and through high school and college is one of our key pillars for significantly improving schools. As it becomes increasingly clear that receiving a post-secondary education is necessary to prosper in modern society, UEI has amassed resources, expertise, and years of research demonstrating what works in improving high school and college attainment. In 2014, UEI also launched The To&Through Project to empower educators, families, and policymakers with the information they need to support more students on their way through pre-K to 12th grade and on to their bachelor's degrees.
Propelling more students to and through high school and college is one of our key pillars for significantly improving schools.
Op-Ed: UEI director highlights key levers for high school and college success. Sara Ray Stoelinga offers hope for struggling Florida schools from Chicago's successes, noting the great promise in early childhood education, violence prevention and intensive tutoring, effective teachers, the focus on freshman year, and the goal to get all students to and through college.
- Over the past decade, Chicago Public Schools' high school graduation rate has improved approximately 20 percentage points—moving CPS from being a system where students were as likely to drop out as they were to graduate from high school to one where nearly three-fourths of all freshmen successfully earn a high school diploma.
- Currently, only 14 percent of Chicago Public Schools high school freshmen go on to graduate from a four-year college by the age of 25, despite the fact that 72 percent of CPS freshmen aspire to earn a bachelor’s degree.
- Nationally, just 18 out of 100 public school freshmen earn a bachelor's degree by their mid-twenties. Chicago has one of the highest college-attainment rates of any major urban center in the country.
Latest from UEI on High School & College Success
Education Week Features Elaine Allensworth in Urban Education Reform Series
The UChicago Consortium's Lewis-Sebring Director, Elaine Allensworth, is featured in an EdWeek series on Urban Education Reform, discussing why research says 9th grade is such a critical year for students.
What's Working: In Chicago, Smart Use of Data Works to Get More Young People 'To&Throu...
America's Promise Alliance featured the To&Through Project in their "What's Working" series, which highlights promising practices for helping to close the graduation gap in communities and states across the country.
The Expansion of High School Choice in Chicago Public Schools
Link to article: Here Public school choice in Chicago has been in existence for more than 30 years and has noticeably expanded over the past 15 years. Since the late 1980s, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has implemented a number of policies aimed at improving school performance, some of which led to
Reflections from a Professional Learning Community for Researchers Working in Research Alliances
Link to paper: Here Conducting collaborative research is challenging. Many researchers lack experience with the research alliance model of engaging with practitioners throughout the research process, from study design through interpretation of the findings. This reflection paper summarizes the chal
Get Chicago Students College-Ready with iMentor
Consortium research is cited in this piece on how iMentor helps move more students to and through college.
DC Public Schools Practices Data-Informed College Advising
Consortium Deputy Director Jenny Nagaoka is quoted throughout this piece on how D.C. Public Schools is using data to inform college advising.
The Politics of LA Unified's Graduation Rate
Elaine Allensworth is quoted throughout this piece regarding credit recovery and student attendance.
Examining Integrated Leadership Systems in High Schools: Connecting Principal and Teacher Leadership...
Link to article: Here Research on school leadership suggests that both principal and teacher leadership are important for school improvement. However, few studies have studied the interaction of principal and teacher leadership as separate but linked systems in how they relate to student outcomes.
New Entrepreneurship Program Unveiled at Dyett High School
To&Through is referenced in this feature about Dyett High Schools new entrepreneurship program, as well as other recent successes including their Freshman OnTrack rate.
Researchers Dispute Benefits of Selective Enrollment High Schools
The Columbia Chronicle covers a presentation sharing student perspectives on the benefits (or lack thereof) of selective enrollment high schools. Consortium and Generation All leadership are featured.
Six Ways to Improve High School Graduation Rates
Jenny Nagaoka and John Gomperts shed light on practices that can improve high school graduation rates nationwide.
Give Clemente a Look, Bucktown Parents Say as High School Imrpoves
The Consortium's Selective Enrollment study is cited in this piece on neighborhood schools.
Who Needs Selective Enrollment when your Neighborhood High School has an IB Program
The Consortium's Selective Enrollment study is cited in this piece on how neighborhood schools with IB programs may be the best bet for families.
Data Analytics, Blended Learning Methods Make Sure Students are College Ready
Orrin Murray's US News & World Report op-ed is quoted throughout this piece exploring how schools can make sure students are college ready.
U of Chicago 'Mythbusters' project debunks academic performance assumptions
Education Dive shares The To&Through Project's 'Mythbusters' on what it takes to make it to and through high school and college.
Is Combating Chronic Absenteeism a Panacea for Ailing Schools?
Inside Sources Interviews Elaine Allensworth on the importance of student attendance and what schools can do to prevent chronic absenteeism.
Project Aims to Dispel 'Misguided Notions and Outdated Assumptions' about College Readines...
THE Journal explores the To&Through Project's mythbusters series.
Beyond Academic Readiness: Building a Broader Range of Skills for Success in College
Link to article: Here Part of the Jobs For the Future series, Ready or Not: It’s Time to Rethink the 12th Grade. Going beyond the traditional academic definition of college readiness, Jenny Nagaoka and Matthew Holsapple draw on Consortium research to consider the role of noncognitive factors
We Need to Change the Way High Schools are Preparing Students for College
Elaine Allensworth explains the need to shift the focus of high school to real college preparation.
WGN Radio Piece on High School Bound
Elliot Ransom is interviewed on the launch of the High School Bound website.