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ERIC Number: ED498355
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Freshman Year: The Make-It or Break-It Year, Fall 2007. [Parent Edition]
Consortium on Chicago School Research
This booklet is addressed to parents and guardians of incoming high school students, discussing what many researchers consider the most important year of high school, perhaps the most important year of school so far. Freshman year will set the stage for whether a student graduates and whether he or she will be ready for college. Citing years of study, the Consortium on Chicago School Research advocates that grades and attendance are the two most important issues to be faced during high school, and that the two are closely related. Noting that more than 95 percent of students with a B average or better in their freshman year graduate and have an 80-percent chance of finishing high school with at least a 3.0 GPA, the brief notes that nearly 90 percent of freshmen who miss less than a week of school per semester graduate, and that freshmen who miss more than two weeks of school fail, on average, at least two classes. These findings are irrespective of elementary school performance and 8th-grade test results. For Chicago students who want to graduate from college that B average in high school is what it will take to succeed in college. Parents and guardians are urged to help their students set the stage for future success by: (1) Reinforcing the importance of getting to school on time and not cutting classes; (2) Talking with your student's teachers; and (3) Making academics a top priority for your freshman. [For Student Edition, see ED498356. For Teacher Edition, see ED498354.]
Consortium on Chicago School Research. 1313 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637. Tel: 773-702-3364; Fax: 773-702-2010; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Consortium on Chicago School Research, IL.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois
IES Cited: ED552306