ERIC Number: ED510456
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: N/A
Setting Students' Sights on College: Chicago Public Schools. Case Study
Part of the third-largest school district in the nation, 77 percent of Chicago's nearly 427,000 public school students are poor, as defined by eligibility for participation in free or reduced-cost lunch programs. Many are members of minorities; many have limited proficiency in English. To make a successful transition to college--even to graduate from high school--many young people in the Chicago school system face hurdles unimaginable in the nearby suburbs. The Chicago Public School system (CPS) wants to increase the college readiness of the city's students. Its goal is to increase the numbers of students who take a rigorous curriculum and set their sights on getting into the most challenging college for which they are qualified. The CPS also wants to improve high school graduation rates and college attendance rates, and to provide a basis for curricular interventions to improve student performance. This paper describes how CPS was able to monitor the effectiveness of its curriculum and improve its college readiness through the implementation of EXPLORE[R], PLAN[R], and the ACT programs.
Descriptors: Public Schools, Graduation Rate, Lunch Programs, Academic Achievement, College Attendance, Low Income Groups, Minority Group Children, Limited English Speaking, School Readiness, Higher Education, College Bound Students, College Admission, College Preparation, Intervention, Secondary School Curriculum, Difficulty Level, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Aptitude Tests, College Entrance Examinations, Student Evaluation
ACT, Inc. 500 ACT Drive, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, IA 52243-0168. Tel: 319-337-1270; Web site: http://www.act.org
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 8; Grade 9; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: ACT, Inc.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois