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
Discipline Practices in Chicago Schools: Trends in the Use of Suspensions and Arrests
If you would like to order multiple copies of this report, please visit Amazon for pricing information. 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,
Turning Conflict into Trust Improves Schools and Student Learning
Greg Anrig examines the effect of collaboration and trust on school improvement and student learning, citing research from the Consortium.
The Aftermath: Report shows that families make hard choices in the wake of school closings
South Side Weekly examines the Consortium's recent school closings report, and details the decisions parents have to make when enrolling their children in new schools.
Chicago Closings Lead Most Students to Higher Performing Schools but Improvement Varied
The Hyde Park Herald looks into the recent study by the Consortium which indicated that although most students affected by the Chicago school closings ended up in higher performing schools, the results are varied.
Closing all Those Schools May not Have Been Such a Disaster After All
The Sun-Times analyzes the latest report on the Chicago school closings by the Consortium, which found that most students ended up in at least marginally better performing schools.
Flannery Fired Up: 2013 School Closings
Mike Flannery of Fox Chicago analyzes the findings of the Consortium's report on the Chicago School Closings of 2013.
One Third of Students Affected by Chicago School Closings of 2013 Land in Lowest Rated Schools; Stud...
ABC Channel 7 news examines The Consortium's report on the Chicago school closings of 2013.
Study on Chicago Schools Closings Evaluates where Students Ended Up
A quick story summarizing the latest findings by the Consortium on where students who were displaced by the Chicago school closings of 2013 ended up.
2013 CPS Closings Left More Kids than Expected in Lower-Performing Schools
DNA Info analyses the latest report by the Consortium on the 2013 Chicago school closings.
CPS School Closings Provided Only Modest Gains to Students
Crain's examines the latest Consortium research on the Chicago school closings of 2013.
Filmmakers and Researchers Team Up to Track Students of Closed Schools
The School Project documentary follows students displaced by the Chicago school closings of 2013. The Consortium researchers and filmmakers will discuss the issue in a panel following the second release of the project.
New Consortium study finds most students landed in higher-rated schools after closures, but faced ba...
For Immediate Release Contact: Emily Krone University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research 773-834-8036 Nearly all students displaced by Chicago’s 2013 mass school closure enrolled in schools with better academic ratings than their closed school, according
Study looks at aftermath of Chicago school closings in 2013
The Tribune examines the Consortium's latest report, which analyzes the results of the Chicago school closings of 2013.
School Closings in Chicago: Understanding Families' Choices and Constraints for New School Enro...
If you would like to order multiple copies of this report, please visit Amazon for pricing information. Nearly all students displaced by Chicago's 2013 mass school closure enrolled in schools with better academic ratings than their closed school. However, only one-fifth landed at top-tier s
From the community: D. 202 parents, students and staff can share thoughts about their schools throu...
This Tribune piece examines the upcoming 5Essentials Survey and provides detailed information on the survey, its background, and what it can be used for.
Turning a Corner: North Chicago District 187
North Chicago District 187 has made strides in graduation rates, attendance, and overall school culture over the past two years and cites working with UChicago Impact and the 5Essentials survey as partially responsible.
Best of 2014: Urban Districts Struggle to Improve Academics after School Closings
The Consortium's research on school closings is cited in this piece on Memphis schools.
Record US High School Graduation Rate of Black and Hispanic Youth
Freshman On-Track is cited as one of the ways Chicago has worked to improve graduation rates city-wide.
Can Collaboration Between Schools, Unions fix Failing Campuses?
The Consortium's Organizing Schools for Improvement report is cited on relational trust being a key lever for school success.
Detroit's Central Collegiate Academy Becomes Star in Urban School Reform
Central Collegiate Academy, the oldest high school in Detroit, was the only SIG high school in the city to earn a 5Essentials designation as a school well-organized for success.