News Archive: 2014

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


A push for charter schools, but little difference in test scores

April 6, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times

UChicago CCSR director Elaine Allensworth comments on studying what high-performing neighborhood and charter schools are doing right to share best practices. 

Emanuel delivers on promise to expand 'math tutoring on steroids'

March 31, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times

Mayor Emanuel announces funding to expand UEL-studied math and mentorship programs to 1,000 students, with UEI director Tim Knowles quoted on the programs' power to help young males. 

Helping Low-Income Children Succeed

March 24, 2014
The New York Times Blog: Economix

A blog highlights the success of the UChicago Charter School, one of three solutions for inequality highlighted in Greg Duncan and Richard Murnane's book, Restoring Opportunity: The Crisis of Inequality and the Challenge for American Education.

Goren combines local roots with national expertise

March 20, 2014
Evanston Now

Paul Goren, a candidate for superintendent of Evanston/Skokie District 65, emphasizes his local roots and previous experience serving as executive director UChicago CCSR.

Politico Morning Edition: Sorting students

March 20, 2014

UChicago CCSR finds skill-based sorting has mixed impacts on educational attainment, encouraging careful thought when using the practice.

State Board of Education administers second Illinois 5Essentials Survey to help improve student learning

March 17, 2014
Illinois State Board of Education

The Illinois State Board of Education announces the second annual statewide 5Essentials Survey, based on UChicago CCSR's research and provided online by UChicago Impact.

Editorial: Why half of urban kids drop out

March 12, 2014

Jonathan Guryan and Jens Ludwig, co-directors of the Urban Education Lab, discuss UEL's research on effective interventions for Chicago students at-risk of dropping out.

Valley View Community Asked to Take Survey on School Climate, Learning Conditions

March 9, 2014
Romeoville Patch

Valley View prepares to participate in the second annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey, administered by UChicago Impact on behalf of the State Board of Education.

Journal: Unpacking the “Urban” in Urban Teacher Education: Making a Case for Context-Specific Preparation

March 1, 2014
Journal of Teacher Education

UChicago UTEP director Kavita Kapadia Matsko co-authors a paper examining the “context-specific” approach of the University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program.

New Orleans goes all in on charter schools. Is it showing the way?

March 1, 2014
The Christian Science Monitor

UEI director Tim Knowles comments on regulating school quality as New Orleans considers promising gains and continuing concerns of its majority charter school-system.

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