School Structure and Organization
Understanding schools as organizations illuminates the mechanisms and high-impact levers that drive school improvement. The Consortium's seminal research found that strength on five essential organizational supports were highly correlated with whether schools continued improving student learning. UEI's work also explores the impact of school closings and turnarounds, school disciplinary policies, and the charter model, while many of UEI's resources are designed to help schools build their organizational capacity to take on the day-to-day challenges of schooling.
Understanding schools as organizations illuminates the mechanisms and high-impact levers that drive school improvement.
Consortium report finds racial disparities in suspension rates driven by schools with concentrated disadvantage. Students’ risk of suspension is more strongly determined by which school they attend than by their backgrounds—including their race, gender or income. Following an earlier UChicago Consortium report that found Chicago has been experiencing an overall decline in suspension rates since 2009, Suspending Chicago’s Students: Differences in Discipline across Schools examines reasons for racial and gender disparities in suspension rates and finds that suspensions are concentrated among schools serving the most vulnerable student populations.
- Past research found that schools strong in three or more of the "5Essential" organizational supports—effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environment, and ambitious instruction—were ten times more likely to improve student learning than schools weak in three or more of the essentials »
- Suspension rates in Chicago Public Schools have declined markedly but still remain very high, particularly among the system’s most vulnerable students. In the 2013-14 school year, 16 percent of all CPS high school students—and 33 percent of African American boys—received an out of school suspension »
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