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
Potholes on the Road to College: High School Effects in Shaping Urban Students' Participation ...
This article examines the extent to which indicators of the college-going climate of urban high schools are associated with students’ application to, enrollment in, and choice among four-year colleges. The investigators examine two mechanisms by which high schools may shape college enrollment
CCSR's 2007 AVID Reports for Chicago Public Schools
CCSR has prepared a confidential individualized school report for each of the 32 AVID schools that participated in the 2007 AVID student survey. The report provides the responses of AVID students and teachers about their experiences in the AVID program. For more information about CCSR's&nbs
Working to My Potential: The Postsecondary Experiences of CPS Students in the International Baccalau...
This report rigorously examines the impact of participation in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB DP) on the postsecondary outcomes of students who graduated from Chicago’s neighborhood high schools from 2003 through 2007. IB DPs were established across Chicago beginning in 19
What Matters for Staying On-Track and Graduating in Chicago Public Schools: A Focus on English Langu...
This report builds on findings from earlier CCSR reports to examine whether ninth-grade early warning indicators that are used to determine if students are on-track to graduate high school – such as absences, grade point average (GPA), and course failures – are as predictive of graduatio
From High School to the Future: The Pathway to 20
This research report points to a “major misalignment” between the standards set by the state ISAT tests in elementary school and the college-readiness standards expected of all juniors in Illinois high schools as measured by the ACT, which is part of the state’s PSAE exams. CCSR au
Changing Special Education Enrollments: Causes and Distribution Among Schools
This report examines in detail the upward trend of special education enrollment in the high schools. The enrollment of students with disabilities in the ninth grade increased substantially between 1993 and 2000. During this period, a larger percentage of elementary students were identified as having
From High School to the Future: Making Hard Work Pay Off
Since 2004, the Consortium has tracked the postsecondary experiences of successive cohorts of Chicago Public Schools graduates and examined the relationship among high school preparation, support, college choice, and postsecondary outcomes. The goal of this research is to help CPS, other urban distr
From High School to the Future: A First Look at Chicago Public School Graduates' College Enroll...
Updated information has led to revisions in several figures and recalculated graduation rates at three colleges. Download the October 2006 Update Following CPS graduates from 1998, 1999, 2002 and 2003, this report uses records from Chicago high schools and data from the National Student Cleari
High School Graduation Rates through Two Decades of District Change: The Influence of Policies, Data...
Read the Executive Summary. If you would like to order multiple copies of this report, please visit Amazon for pricing information. Sixteen years ago, high school students in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) were almost as likely to drop out as they were to graduate; today they are three times as
Op-Ed: Consortium director examines the unsung progress of Chicago Public Schools
This op-ed by Consortium Director Elaine Allensworth originally appeared in Catalyst Chicago » With budget cuts, union discontent and a sizeable list of pernicious problems, the education landscape in Chicago today looks a lot like it did 25 years ago. Yet for all the unsolved challenges that
New Initiative in 34 CPS Middle Schools Aims to Increase Students’ Likelihood of Future Success
For Immediate Release Contact: John Gasko, CEO, UChicago Impact email@example.com | 773-834-0096w | 512-203-5841c Mayor’s Press Office firstname.lastname@example.org | 312-744-3334 November 6, 2014—The University of Chicago Urban Education Institute, the Lefkofsky Family Fou
UChicago Impact partners with GrowCommunity schools to create a high-performing, neighborhood PreK-1...
CHICAGO—April 16—GrowCommunity, a community effort created earlier this year to improve and support PreK-12 neighborhood schools in Chicago, announced this week a new partnership with the University of Chicago's Urban Education Institute to catalyze school improvement efforts at Lake
CPS Graduation Rate Jumps 4% to Record High: Ninth Grade "On-Track" Focus Continues to Dri...
AUGUST 26, 2014 – The city announced that Chicago Public Schools (CPS) posted a record high graduation rate of 69.4 percent, a 4 percent increase over the previous year and the largest two-year increase in the district's history. Mounting evidence shows that efforts to improve the academic perform
Foundations for Young Adult Success: A Developmental Framework
If you would like to order multiple copies of this report, please visit Amazon for pricing information. Previous White Paper: Defining Young Adult Success Executive Summary: Foundations for Young Adult Success Executive Summary Four-Pager: Foundations for Young Adult Success
Free to Fail or On-Track to College
An Introduction to the UChicago CCSR Research Series Why Grades Drop When Students Enter High School and What Adults Can Do About It Setting the Stage for Academic Challenge: Classroom Control and Student Support High school course performance is a key lever for both graduation
The Educational Attainment of Chicago Public Schools Students: 2015: A Focus on Four-Year College De...
In 2006, the UChicago Consortium estimated that just 8 percent of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) freshmen would graduate high school, immediately enroll in a four-year college, and go on to earn a bachelor’s degree by their mid-20s. By 2014, that number had risen to 14 percent. This brief upda
College Readiness for All: The Challenge for Urban High Schools
Melissa Roderick, Jenny Nagaoka, and Vanessa Coca focus on the importance of improving college access and readiness for low-income and minority students in urban high schools. They stress the aspirations-attainment gap: although the college aspirations of all U.S. high school students, regardless of
Shaiesha Moore, Senior at the University of Chicago Charter School, Awarded Gates Millennium Scholar...
A senior at the University of Chicago Charter School, Shaiesha Moore, has been awarded a prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship (GMS) that will cover the cost of her post-secondary education, including a Master’s Degree and PhD should she choose to pursue them. The GMS supports a select num
New state report cards highlight UChicago Charter School's college-going success
Chicago Tribune cover story shows UChicago Charter's college-enrollment rate as #2 among all high schools in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. For the first time, the annual report cards released by the Illinois State Board of Education include college-going statistics and reveal t
What Matters for Staying On-Track and Graduating in Chicago Public Schools: A Focus on Students with...
This report found that freshman year course performance—more than background characteristics such as race, gender, socioeconomic status or prior achievement—predicts which students with disabilities are most at risk for dropping out of high school. The report, a joint effort of the Cons