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
Ending Social Promotion: Dropout Rates in Chicago after Implementation of the Eighth-Grade Promotion...
This report, partnered with Ending Social Promotion: The Effects of Retention, completes the six-year ending social promotion research series. This report fills the gap in knowledge about the effect of the eighth-grade promotion gate on dropout rates. It evaluates whether retention at the eight
Graduation and Dropout Trends in Chicago: A Look at Cohorts of Students from 1991 to 2004
The Illinois State Board of Education sets the official method for calculating graduation and dropout rates in the state. According to that method, the graduation rate for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is 69.8 percent. The Consortium calculates that only 54 percent of CPS students graduate. What acco
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
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
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 Matters for Staying On-Track and Graduating in Chicago Public Schools
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 a series of short briefs. These briefs are being made available to parents, students, and teachers in partnership with the Chicago Public S
Educating for Democracy: Lessons from Chicago
In a culture where a school’s performance is defined by students’ standardized test scores, civic education has been overshadowed. Yet new empirical research by CCSR shows that what happens in the classroom is vitally important in developing civically committed young people—far mor
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
From High School to the Future: Potholes on the Road to College
Download the Executive Summary of this report Download the Case Studies from the full report If you would like to order multiple copies of this report, please visit Amazon for pricing information. The research presented in this report was the centerpiece of CCSR'
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
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
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
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
Reports on High School Reform in Chicago
From SRI International: Maria I. Abasi, Lauren Cassidy, Daniel C. Humphrey, Raymond McGhee, Jr., Patrick M. Shields, Marjorie E. Wechsler, and Viki M. Young From CCSR: Macarena Correa, Holly M. Hart, Joy Lesnick, Lauren Sartain, Susan E. Sporte, and Sara Ray Stoelinga A series
Chicago High School Redesign Initiative: Schools, Students, and Outcomes
This report is the final in a CCSR series focused on small high schools created by the Chicago High School Redesign Initiative (CHSRI), a partnership between the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and local foundations. Between 2002 and 2007, the CHSRI initiative op
College Prep for All? What We've Learned from Chicago's Efforts
As states and districts across the country implement college-preparatory curriculum standards for all students, the report, College Prep for All? What We've Learned from Chicago's Efforts, suggests that these efforts could have the opposite effects of those intended. Specifically, the brief
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
The Consortium on Chicago School Research Hosts New and Emerging Consortia
In May 2009, in downtown Chicago, the Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR) hosted a convening of new and emerging education research partners from areas spanning the country. The event concept began with a suggestion. A colleague said to (former) CCSR Director John Easton, “You should
Woodlawn Senior Class Spotlight: Shani Edmond Proves the Power of Crossroad Support
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The University of Chicago Charter School Graduates
Among the 51 proud seniors who walked to the front of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, June 8, to receive the first high school diplomas awarded by the University of Chicago Charter School was Shani Edmond. Enrolled in UCCS in first grade, Edmond has taken an educational journey that in many