ERIC Number: ED470294
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
Reference Count: N/A
Declining High School Enrollment: An Exploration of Causes. The State of Chicago Public High Schools: 1993 to 2000.
Allensworth, Elaine M.; Miller, Shazia Rafiullah
This series tracks the performance of Chicago, Illinois, public high school students from 1993 to 2000 using data from the last 2 years of Phase 1 reform as a baseline for looking at the first 5 years of Phase 2. This report tracks changes in high school enrollment and explores possible causes. Analyses of data from various sources show that the introduction of the promotion gate policy to Chicago Public Schools' elementary schools in the 1995-1996 school year had a profound effect on high school enrollment. As lower achieving eighth graders were retained or sent to Academic Preparatory Centers, the size of ninth grade cohorts shrank. Successive grades were affected as smaller cohorts moved through high school. The better-prepared students who did make it to grade 9 were less likely to spend more than 4 years in high school than in the past, further depressing enrollment. As a result of this reduction in high school course repetition, the increase in eighth-grade retention was not accompanied by a decline in graduation rates by age 18. Appendixes contain additional details on figures in the report and a summary of trends that affect high school enrollment. (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Consortium on Chicago School Research, IL.