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
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
Habits Hard to Break: A New Look at Truancy in Chicago's Public High Schools
This research brief, the first in a series produced by the Student Life in High Schools Project with the assistance of the Consortium on Chicago School Research and the Chicago Public Schools, examines truancy in Chicago's public high schools. It focuses on attendance patterns in the CPS ninth g
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
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
The titles listed below can be purchased at your local bookseller or at amazon.com. Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago Anthony S. Bryk, Penny Bender Sebring, Elaine Allensworth, Stuart Luppescu and John Q. Easton This book provides a detailed analysis of why students in
WGN Radio Piece on High School Bound
Elliot Ransom is interviewed on the launch of the High School Bound website.
Arrupe: A Debt-Free College for Students who Struggle Most
Consortium research is cited in this piece on Arrupe College and how they are working to help students graduate debt-free.
Moving Beyond Soft Skills: Applying Noncognitive Factors in Georgia Schools
Piece on Geogia schools examining noncognitive factors in schools with an emphasis on research by the Consortium.
Can $25 Billion get 500 Poor Kids to and Through College? One Billionaire is Trying
Jenny Nagaoka is quoted on whether programs like Copperman College Scholars can get more students through college.
What Do Young People Need to Succeed?
Huffington Post explores latest research by Jenny Nagaoka, Deputy Director of the Consortium on School Research, on the developmental framework for adult success.
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.
Study finds increase in academic standards may backfire if students are disengaged
Consortium researcher Julia Gwynne speaks on new findings showing that raising academic standards can backfire if classroom order and student engagement decline.
CPS Success? Yes
Stephanie Banchero of the Joyce Foundation and Robin Steans of Advance Illinois examine progress of CPS in light of recent challenges. Consortium research is mentioned.
Study: Drops in Class Rank Affect Student Outcomes
Ed Week explores Lauren Sartain's SREE Conference presentation on recent Consortium research finding that drops in class rank could affect student outcomes.
How One Chicago High School Built a College Culture
Washington High School principal Kevin Gallick discusses how he worked with his team to create a strong college-going culture in just three years. Consortium research is cited.
How One Struggling Public High School Became Superb
Dave Johnson of the Consortium is quoted in this profile of Senn High School, focusing on IB and the arts, along with strong school leadership for improvement.
UChicago Schools' strategies are getting traction in Minneapolis and elsewhere
Beth Hawkins visited the University of Chicago Charter School NKO campus and followed up with this piece on what is working for the south side school.
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
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.
Teaching Adolescents to Become Learners: The Role of Noncognitive Factors in Shaping School Performa...
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