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.
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