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 »
Latest from UEI on School Structure & Organization
Essential Organizational Supports for Early Education: The Development of a New Survey Tool to Measu...
Decades of research evidence indicate that high-quality early education can positively affect the learning trajectories of disadvantaged young children. However, despite significant investments to improve what happens in the classroom, publicly funded pre-kindergarten programs continue to display in
Twin Cities Schools Target 9th Grade to Boost Graduation Rates
Minneapolis and St. Paul Schools will be using on-track data based on the Consortium's research in the 2017-2018 school year in effort to boost graduation rates. The Consortium's Dave Johnson is quoted throughout.
Are CPS Schools 'Crumbling Prisons'? The Data Say Otherwise
Elaine Allensworth and the Consortium's research are quoted throughout this piece, which examines recent data showing significant improvements in CPS performance along several independent measures of succes.
Can 'early-warning systems' keep children from dropping out of school?
Focusing on early-warning indicators rather than test scores is leading to increased graduation rates in many schools across the nation. Elaine Allensworth and the work of Freshmen OnTrack is cited.
Op-Ed: UEI director discusses how Chicago Public Schools budget cuts threaten a decade of progress
This op-ed by UEI Director Sara Ray Stoelinga originally appeared in Crain's Chicago Business » As the school year draws to a close in Chicago, teachers and parents are reflecting on their students' progress and anticipating their next milestones. Tiny preschoolers, eager ei
Beyond test scores: Indianapolis considers new ways to measure school quality
Indianapolis pilots 5Essentials as part of an effort to add nuance to measures of school quality.
The Challenges Ahead for the New Detroit Public Schools
Tim Knowles weighs in on the challenges facing the new Detroit Public Schools - and suggests that Freshman OnTrack is a good place to begin.
New Strategies, Expanded Preschool are Key to Improving Education
Minneapolis Public Schools look to Consortium research on Freshman OnTrack to improve graduation rates in the district.
How Bunker Hill is Making on of the Hardest Academic Transitions Easier
Consortium research is cited in a profile of how one school is making the transition from 8th to 9th grade easier for their students.
Report: CPS Inflates Graduation Rates for High Schools
Elaine Allensworth is quoted on the importance of high quality data in this piece exploring CPS' inflated high school graduation rates.
Study: Low-scoring teachers tend to work in schools with high poverty rates
The Tribune examines the Consortium's REACH study in this piece on teacher evaluations.
New Study Examines How REACH Students Teacher Evaluation Scores Relate to School, Teacher Characteri...
A new research report from the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research (Consortium) finds teachers with the lowest scores on the REACH Students teacher evaluation system are overrepresented in schools serving the most disadvantaged students, while teachers with the highest observation sc
Five Big Ideas to Fix Chicago's Troubled Schools
Crain's Chicago Business cites Consortium research, and UEI Chairman, Tim Knowles, in this five-day suggestion piece on how to fix Chicago Public Schools.
Illinois Schools' Strengths, Weaknesses Exposed in Statewide Survey
The Chicago Tribune examines the latest results from the statewide 5Essentials survey, quoting school leaders as well as the Eliot Ransom, Director of the 5Essentials survey.
Principals Leaving CPS for Reasons Besides Pay: Survey
Consortium research is cited regarding a recent Chicago Public Education Fund survey regarding principal turnover in CPS.
Op-Ed: UEI director highlights key levers for high school and college success
This op-ed by UEI Director Sara Ray Stoelinga originally appeared in the Tampa Bay Times » I was visiting Clearwater Beach when I picked up the Tampa Bay Times and read Failure Factories, the investigation of five resegregated elementary schools in south St. Petersburg. At home on Chicago'
New Report Finds Racial Disparities in Suspension Rates Driven by Schools with Concentrated Disadvan...
Students’ risk of suspension is more strongly determined by which school they attend than by their backgrounds—including their race, gender or income. A subset of Chicago schools—about a quarter of high schools and 10 percent of schools with middle grades— have very high susp
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
Cultivating Character: SAEL to Participate in Study that Explores Link between Character and Academi...
The Consortium is studying the link between character and academics to find out which qualities are better associated with student success as part of the Becoming Effective Learners Project.
District 60: Chronic Truancy More Complex than Teens Cutting Class
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