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Allensworth, Elaine M.; Clark, Kallie – University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, 2019
High school GPAs (HSGPAs) are often perceived to represent inconsistent levels of readiness for college across high schools, while test scores (e.g., ACT scores) are seen as comparable. This study tests those assumptions, examining variation across high schools of both HSGPAs and ACT scores as measures of academic readiness for college. We find…
Descriptors: Grade Point Average, High School Students, College Readiness, Scores
Allensworth, Elaine M.; Luppescu, Stuart – University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, 2018
High school course grades are a primary source of information about students' academic readiness, yet they are often viewed as inconsistent measures of student achievement-- influenced by idiosyncratic practices across schools and teachers, systematic differences in course content and structure, compositional effects of peers, and student…
Descriptors: High School Students, Academic Achievement, Grades (Scholastic), Grade Point Average
Gordon, Molly F.; de la Torre, Marisa; Cowhy, Jennifer R.; Moore, Paul T.; Sartain, Lauren; Knight, David – University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, 2018
Across the country, urban school districts are opting to close under-enrolled schools as a way to consolidate resources. Motivated by a reported $1 billion deficit and declining enrollments in depopulating neighborhoods, the Chicago Board of Education voted in May 2013 to close 49 elementary schools and one high school program located in an…
Descriptors: School Closing, Outcomes of Education, Public Schools, Urban Schools
Gwynne, Julia A.; Moore, Paul T. – University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, 2017
This study is the first in-depth look at Chicago's charter schools by the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research (UChicago Consortium). The authors examined four key dimensions of charter high schools in Chicago Public Schools (CPS): (1) school organization and policies; (2) incoming skills and characteristics of charter high school…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, High Schools, School Policy, School Organization