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
More than 1 million respond to UEI's first statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey
Achieving School Reform in Chicago: What We Need to Know
The Consortium's five-year research agenda identifies four topical areas for further research: school governance, teaching and learning, the quality of the school as an organization, and systemic change. Related Links: Short Version
How Do Barton Graduates Perform in CPS High Schools?
Sample of the customized reports published for every Chicago public elementary school. Addresses graduation and dropout rates and the success of at-risk students.
How Do Kenwood Graduates Perform?
Sample of the customized reports published for every Chicago public high school. Addresses graduation and dropout rates and the success of at-risk students. Tracks students by feeder schools and eighth-grade test scores.
State will Release New Tracking Data on Schools Later this Month
5Essentials and the Consortium's research about graduation rates are cited in this piece about new data that will be avilable on school report cards.
Survey Ranks CPS Teaching at Top; Family Involvement in Schools at Bottom
DNA Info examines the Consortium's report on the statewide 5Essentials survey results.
UChicago Report: Most Vulnerable CPS Students Still Suspended at High Rates
The Chicago Sun Times examines the latest Consortium report analyzing CPS discipline policies and their effects.
Coffee Break: Andrew Schmitz on the 5Essentials, What Makes School Work for Kids and Exploring Chica...
UChicago Impact's Assistant Director of Professional Learning discusses the 5Essentials with Education Post.
District 60: Chronic Truancy More Complex than Teens Cutting Class
Waukegan School District 60 analyzes chronic truancy and what can be done to improve attendance. Consortium report is cited.
Access to Magnet Schools in Chicago
This report describes the magnet schools in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), and analyzes students' access to magnet schools based on their ethnicity and residential location within the city. It also examines changes in CPS enrollment patterns that may be related to the development of new
The Politics of LA Unified's Graduation Rate
Elaine Allensworth is quoted throughout this piece regarding credit recovery and student attendance.
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.
Suspension Down for all CPS Students, Except Black Students, Study Finds
DNA Info examines the latest report by the Consortium which finds that CPS out-of-school suspension rates are on the decline.
Suspension Rates Decline for Some CPS Students, U of C Report Finds
The Hyde Park Herald analyzes a recent study by the Consortium stating that suspension rates are down in CPS.
Schools Can Get Better. They Can Also Get Worse
The Consortium is cited in response to the fact that Chicago Public Schools have made impressive progress over the past decade; however, work remains to be done.
New School Report Cards Cannot Be Compared with Last Year's
The Southtown Star explains the new IL state school report cards, including a description of UChicago Impact's 5Essentials.
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.
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.
UChicago Charter School Builds Upon Early Lessons
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.