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Roderick, Melissa; Kelley-Kemple, Thomas; Johnson, David W.; Beechum, Nicole O. – University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, 2014
In 2007, spurred by University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (UChicago CCSR) research reports, leadership at the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) began a new targeted approach to reducing course failure in the ninth grade. The research suggested that the transition between eighth and ninth grade played a critical role in shaping…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Public Schools, Grade 9, Academic Failure
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Saavedra, Anna Rosefsky – Teachers College Record, 2014
Background: In schools accredited as "IB World Schools" by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), teachers use IB curriculum and pedagogy to teach a range of courses that are intended to prepare IB-enrolled students for college. Over the past 18 years, the number of U.S. schools that implement IB programs has increased…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Advanced Placement Programs, Case Studies, Academic Achievement
ACT, Inc., 2007
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…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Graduation Rate, Lunch Programs, Academic Achievement
Kirst, Michael W., Ed.; Venezia, Andrea, Ed. – Jossey-Bass, An Imprint of Wiley, 2004
This book reveals why so many students are entering college unprepared for college level work and often unable to complete a degree. This important book presents the findings of the Bridge Project, a major national research study conducted by Stanford University and funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the U.S. Department of Education. The…
Descriptors: Research Design, Educational Change, Graduation Rate, College Admission