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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
Heppen, Jessica; Allensworth, Elaine; Walters, Kirk; Pareja, Amber Stitziel; Kurki, Anja; Nomi, Takako; Sorensen, Nicholas – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2011
Credit recovery is one strategy to deal with high failure rates. The primary goal of credit recovery programs is to give students an opportunity to retake classes that they failed in an effort to get them back on track and keep them in school (Watson & Gemin, 2008). Most recently, as schools across the nation struggle to keep students on track…
Descriptors: Summer Schools, Student Participation, Online Courses, At Risk Students
Levenstein, Rachel; Sporte, Sue; Allensworth, Elaine – University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, 2011
In late 2010, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) initiated a new safety program called the "Culture of Calm" initiative (CoC). Since 2010, CPS has focused resources on schools in order to improve school climate--particularly school safety. These resources were used, to a large extent, to hire vendors that provided services to teachers and…
Descriptors: School Safety, Educational Environment, High Schools, Principals
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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