Students and Learning
Student learning is the heart of education—understanding what really works and why is essential to fostering and sustaining success. UEI's work addresses questions like what approaches can dramatically improve early literacy, how attendance is critically linked to academic outcomes, and the ways in which different policy decisions have affected student outcomes over time.
Student learning is the heart of education—understanding what really works and why is essential to fostering and sustaining success.
Op-Ed: "What's in a Terrible Name?" 'Non-cognitive' skills are crucial—and they need a much better name: As evidence supporting the importance of non-cognitive skills continues to mount, UEI's Lucinda Fickel addresses the profusion of terms and persistent confusion that surround the buzzword topic of modern schooling.
- Research shows that students learn the most in classrooms that are both very orderly and challenging »
- Both high- and low-achieving students struggle when they enter high school. Grades decline because students’ attendance and study habits plummet across the transition to high school—not because the work is harder. Adult monitoring and support can prevent this decline »
- Despite progress, the vast majority of CPS students have academic achievement levels that are far below where they need to be to graduate ready for college »
Latest from UEI on Students & Learning
Foundations for Success: Young People Learn Best Through Active and Reflective Experiences
Read the article online (Login Required) Succeeding at learning, and at life, takes more than academic ability. This article draws on our 2015 report, Foundations for Young Adult Success, which synthesized decades of research, theory, and practice from the fields of youth development, psychology, s
CCSR: A New Model for the Role of Research in Supporting Urban School Reform
If you would like to order multiple copies of this report, please visit Amazon for pricing information. The Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago was founded in 1990, two years after the passage of the Chicago School Reform Act that decentralized governance of the c
Declining High School Enrollment: An Exploration of Causes
The authors document the decline in high school enrollment from 1993 to 2000 and examine why it occurred. Analysis shows that the introduction of the promotion gate policy to CPS elementary schools in the 1995-96 school year had a profound effect on high school enrollment. As lower achieving eighth-
College Preparatory Curriculum for All: Consequences of Ninth-Grade CourseTaking in Algebra and Engl...
There is a national movement to universalize the high-school curriculum so that all students graduate prepared for college. Here we evaluate a policy in Chicago that ended remedial classes and mandated college-preparatory coursework for all students. Using an interrupted time-series cohort design wi
UCW Great Debaters Do It Again
At Tournament V, the UCW Great Debaters clinched their AA conference's JV championship and gave an impressive showing in the individual speaker awards. Continuing a strong winning streak, the Great Debaters’ team members Shaiesha Moore and Alaina Reese won the conference team debate, held
Yo-Yo Ma Visits the University of Chicago Charter School
On September 9, Yo-Yo Ma, one of the world’s most celebrated musicians, visited the University of Chicago Charter School Woodlawn Campus – visiting classrooms, and speaking with students, faculty, and staff from the Urban Education Institute (UEI). Mr. Ma’s visit culminates extended dis
Preschool Attendance in Chicago Public Schools: Relationships with Learning Outcomes and Reasons for...
If you would like to order multiple copies of this report, please visit Amazon for pricing information. Students who attend preschool regularly are significantly more likely than chronically absent preschoolers, those who missed at least 10 percent of the school year, to be ready for kindergart
The Use of Technology in Chicago Public Schools 2011: Perspectives from Students, Teachers, and Prin...
If you would like to order multiple copies of this report, please visit Amazon for pricing information. This report finds that about half of sixth- through twelfth-graders in Chicago Public Schools report using technology for school less than once a week. Between 20 and 30 percent of stud
Passing Through Science: The Effects of Raising Graduation Requirements in Science on Course-Taking ...
If you would like to order multiple copies of this report, please visit Amazon for pricing information. This report finds that a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) policy dramatically increasing science requirements for all students did not help them learn more science and actually may have hurt thei
Student Performance: Course Taking, Test Scores, and Outcomes
Between 1993 and 2000, high school eligible students in the Chicago's Public Schools improved on a number of measures. These trends exist even though we include in our analyses the students who dropped out of school between eighth and ninth grade, or were sent to Academic Preparatory Centers (AP
Teaching Adolescents to Become Learners: The Role of Noncognitive Factors in Shaping School Performa...
If you would like to order multiple copies of this report, please visit Amazon for pricing information. PERTS and UChicago Consortium have developed a survey for practitioners to gauge their students' academic mindsets, based on the research reviewed in this report. Click here for more info
Academic Productivity of Chicago Public Elementary Schools
Technical Report This study sought an accurate and defensible way to chart student improvement in the Chicago Public Schools. The technical report explains why the current statistic used to measure year-to-year student achievement, "percentage of students at or above national norms," i
Trends in Access to Computing Technology and Its Use in Chicago Public Schools, 2001-2005
Five years after CCSR research revealed a “digital divide” among Chicago Public Schools and limited computer usage by staff and students, this new study shows that district schools have overcome many of these obstacles, particularly in terms of technology access and use among teachers an
Skill-Based Sorting in the Era of College Prep for All: Costs and Benefits
How students are sorted into classrooms by skill level can have as much of an effect on their achievement as the content they are taught. Skill-Based Sorting in the Era of College Prep for All examines the effects of two curricular reforms by Chicago Public Schools, one that sorted students into al
Changing Schools: A Look at Student Mobility Trends in Chicago Public Schools Since 1995
Student mobility has been a long-standing concern to educators and researchers because of the negative impact that changing schools can have on students, teachers, and schools. High levels of student mobility can create a sense of upheaval and constant change at the school level, and schools typical
New UChicago CCSR report: Sorting students by ability shifts which students, teachers need the most ...
For Immediate Release Contact: Emily Krone University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research 773-834-8036 A new report from the Consortium on Chicago School Research Finds that how students are sorted into classrooms by skill level can have as much of an effect on thei
NKO Campus Fourth Graders Have Question Asked Live During Special White House/Facebook Bullying Conf...
President Obama, in collaboration with others including Facebook, has been taking on the issue of bullying this past week with a variety of messages, discussions and Q & A sessions. Our North Kenwood/Oakland Campus students have been following the anti-bullying campaign closely in their classroo
Betsy Gidwitz Supports Science Learning at the University of Chicago Charter School
Betsy Gidwitz believes in the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute’s mission to create knowledge to produce reliably excellent schooling for children growing up in urban American. She expresses this belief through her philanthropy: This past year, Dr. Gidwitz supported UEI&rsq
Teens, Digital Media, and the Chicago Public Library
If you would like to order multiple copies of this report, please visit Amazon for pricing information. If you would like to order an iBook version of this report, please visit the Apple Store for more information. As new initiatives to exploit technology and digital media for learning sw
UChicago CCSR Report Finds "Digital Divide" in Technology Use Across Chicago Public School...
At a time when technological proficiency is a prerequisite for most careers, about half of sixth- through twelfth-graders in Chicago Public Schools report using technology for school less than once a week, according to a new report from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research