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
'College Ready' is Just the Beginning
Cornelia Grumman examines the need for additional support at the college level to get more students to and through college.
Thriving in the Heart of Chicago
The Atlantic features Minn Post's in-depth look at the UChicago Charter School NKO Campus and what strategies are behind the school's success.
Update to: From High School to the Future: A First Look at Chicago Public School Graduates' Col...
This document supplements From High School to the Future: A First Look at Chicago Public School Graduates' College Enrollment, College Preparation, and Graduation from Four-Year Colleges, which was originally released in October 2006. Updated information has led CCSR to revise several figur
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.
Keeping 9th Graders on Track Can Move Grad Rate, Research Finds
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.
Editorial: College can start in high school
CPS CEO Barbara Bryd-Bennett cites the city's climbing on-track rate, a measure developed and shown by the Consortium on Chicago School Research to have propelled high school graduation rates in Chicago.
College Readiness Indicator Systems Framework
A new framework from the CRIS initiative provides guidance for schools and districts to implement a system of indicators and supports for students who are off track for post-secondary success. This article is reprinted with permission from issue no. 38 (Fall 2013) of Voices in Urban Education, the
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
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
Readiness for College: The Role of Noncognitive Factors and Context
Research has shown that in addition to academic knowledge, a variety of noncognitive skills are essential to students' post-secondary success. This article is adapted from Teaching Adolescents to Become Learners: The Role of Noncognitive Factors in Shaping School Performance: A Criti
Student and Teacher Safety in Chicago Public Schools: The Roles of Community Context and School Soci...
If you would like to order multiple copies of this report, please visit Amazon for pricing information. This research report finds that students and teachers feel much safer in some Chicago Public Schools than others, and the best predictor of whether students and teachers feel safe is the qual
Barriers to College Attainment: Lessons from Chicago
The aspiration to attain a college degree has become nearly universal among high school students, and the percentage of students making the immediate transition to college has risen among all racial and ethnic groups. While college enrollment is now a reachable goal, the proportion of students who c
Chicago Isn't Waiting for Superman
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.
Changing Standards, Changing Relationships: Building Family-School Relationships to Promote Achievem...
Most educators agree that the extent to which children receive day-to-day home support for their work in school is critical in determining how well they do in school. This is as true during adolescence as it is during the elementary school years. However, after the transition to high school parents
The On-Track Indicator as a Predictor of High School Graduation
This indicator identifies students as on-track if they earn at least five full-year course credits and no more than one semester F in a core course in their first year of high school. On-track students are more than three and one-half times more likely to graduate from high school in four years than
Looking Forward to High School and College: Middle Grade Indicators of Readiness in Chicago Public S...
If you would like to order multiple copies of this report, please visit Amazon for pricing information. The key findings of this report have been summarized in briefs for middle grade and high school practitioners: 5 Key Findings for Middle Grades 4 Key Findings for High Schools
The Use of Ninth-Grade Early Warning Indicators to Improve Chicago Schools
Link to article: Here Chicago has been in the forefront of the country in its use of 9th-grade indicators of dropout. Catalyzed by the development of the freshman on-track indicator and research around it, Chicago school administrators, central office personnel, and external partners have devel
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
What is 6to16?
6to16 consists of a college-readiness curriculum, and a set of online learning experiences that give students the beliefs, knowledge, skills, and support to successfully complete high school and college. 6to16 begins in the sixth grade and provides students the support to continue through middle s
From High School to the Future: ACT Preparation--Too Much, Too Late
If you would like to order multiple copies of this report, please visit Amazon for pricing information. The content of this report has been summarized into two short memos. These memos are being made available to teachers and students in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools and may be do