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Rickles, Jordan; Heppen, Jessica B.; Allensworth, Elaine; Sorensen, Nicholas; Walters, Kirk – Educational Researcher, 2018
Many high schools use online courses to allow students to retake failed classes in an effort to help get students back on track and graduate. However, there is limited evidence available on the effectiveness of online credit recovery in improving students' long-term outcomes compared with traditional face-to-face credit recovery courses. In this…
Descriptors: High School Students, At Risk Students, Online Courses, Repetition
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Heppen, Jessica B.; Sorensen, Nicholas; Allensworth, Elaine; Walters, Kirk; Rickles, Jordan; Taylor, Suzanne Stachel; Michelman, Valerie – Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2017
Students who fail algebra are significantly less likely to graduate on time, and algebra failure rates are consistently high in urban districts. Identifying effective credit recovery strategies is critical for getting students back on track. Online courses are now widely used for credit recovery, yet there is no rigorous evidence about the…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Urban Youth, Algebra, Mathematics Instruction
Allensworth, Elaine; Evans, Shayne – Phi Delta Kappan, 2016
Incisive research from the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute on the prevalence and consequences of absenteeism in Chicago schools has highlighted the dramatic effects of even moderate amounts of absences on grades, graduation rates, and student success in college. These insights spurred not only an ambitious 98% attendance goal on…
Descriptors: Attendance Patterns, Incidence, Public Schools, Grades (Scholastic)
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Allensworth, Elaine; Michelman, Valerie; Nomi, Takako; Heppen, Jessica – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2014
In Chicago, over a quarter of students fail at least one semester of algebra in their ninth grade year, and only 13% of students who fail both semesters of Algebra I in ninth grade graduate in 4 years. Offering credit recovery options is one strategy to deal with high failure rates. The primary goal of credit recovery programs is to give students…
Descriptors: Algebra, Summer Science Programs, Program Improvement, Grade 9
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Allensworth, Elaine – Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, 2013
Chicago has been in the forefront of the country in its use of 9th-grade indicators of dropout. Catalyzed by the development of the freshman on-track indicator and research around it, Chicago school administrators, central office personnel, and external partners have developed a number of mechanisms using 9th-grade indicators to stimulate school…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Urban Areas, Low Achievement, Grade 9
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Allensworth, Elaine; Nomi, Takako; Heppen, Jessica – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2013
The consequences of failing core academic courses during the first year are dire. In Chicago, over a quarter of students fail at least one semester of algebra in their ninth grade year, and only 13% of students who fail both semesters of Algebra I in ninth grade graduate in 4 years. Offering credit recovery options is one strategy to deal with…
Descriptors: Algebra, Repetition, Required Courses, Secondary School Mathematics
Nomi, Takako; Allensworth, Elaine – University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, 2014
Whether or not to sort students by incoming skills has been a contentious issue. This brief shows that there are potential costs and benefits to both approaches. Even with the same curriculum, the consequences of sorting depend on students' incoming skills and the outcomes being considered. This brief highlights a critical role skill-based sorting…
Descriptors: College Preparation, Track System (Education), Competency Based Education, Educational Change
Heppen, Jessica; Allensworth, Elaine; Walters, Kirk; Pareja, Amber Stitziel; Kurki, Anja; Nomi, Takako; Sorensen, Nicholas – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2012
This study is an efficacy trial funded by a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) National Center for Education Research (NCER). Fifteen CPS high schools are receiving funding to implement two Algebra I credit recovery courses during the summer sessions of 2011 and 2012--one online and one face-to-face (f2f). These courses allow…
Descriptors: Algebra, Online Courses, At Risk Students, Grade 9
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Heppen, Jessica; Sorensen, Nicholas; Allensworth, Elaine; Walters, Kirk; Stachel, Suzanne; Michelman, Valerie – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2012
The consequences of failing core academic courses during the first year of high school are dire. In the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), only about one-fifth of off-track freshmen--students who fail more than one semester of a core academic course and/or fail to earn enough credits to be promoted to 10th grade--graduate high school, compared with…
Descriptors: High School Students, Grade 9, High School Freshmen, Public Schools
Gwynne, Julia; Pareja, Amber Stitziel; Ehrlich, Stacy B.; Allensworth, Elaine – Consortium on Chicago School Research, 2012
One out of every seven students in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is designated as an English language learner (ELL), and 30 percent of students in the entire district have been designated as ELLs at some point while enrolled in CPS. Many of the policies, programs, and resources targeting the needs of ELL students focus on students in elementary…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Public Schools, English Language Learners, High School Students
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Allensworth, Elaine; Nomi, Takako; Montgomery, Nicholas; Lee, Valerie E. – Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2009
There is a national movement to universalize the high school curriculum so that all students graduate prepared for college. The present work evaluates a policy in Chicago that ended remedial classes and mandated college preparatory course work for all students. Based on an interrupted time-series cohort design with multiple comparisons, this study…
Descriptors: Grade 9, Algebra, College Preparation, English Curriculum