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Nagaoka, Jenny; Farrington, Camille A.; Ehrlich, Stacy B.; Heath, Ryan D. – University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, 2015
Amid growing recognition that strong academic skills alone are not enough for young people to become successful adults, this comprehensive report offers wide-ranging evidence to show what young people need to develop from preschool to young adulthood to succeed in college and career, have healthy relationships, be engaged citizens, and make wise…
Descriptors: Young Adults, Success, Child Development, Adolescent Development
Klugman, Joshua; Gordon, Molly F.; Sebring, Penny Bender; Sporte, Susan E. – University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, 2015
In the first comprehensive analysis of Illinois' statewide survey of school climate and learning conditions, this report finds systematic differences among schools in the degree to which students and teachers report strength in the five essential supports. Previous University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (UChicago CCSR)…
Descriptors: State Surveys, Educational Environment, Teacher Surveys, Student Surveys
Allensworth, Elaine M.; Gwynne, Julia A.; Moore, Paul; de la Torre, Marisa – University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, 2014
There is a very large population of students who struggle with the transition from the middle grades to high school, raising concerns that high school failures are partially a function of poor middle grade preparation. As a result, middle grade practitioners are grappling with questions about what skills students need to succeed in high school,…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Readiness, Academic Failure, Middle School Teachers
Allensworth, Elaine M.; Gwynne, Julia A.; Moore, Paul; de La Torre, Marisa – University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, 2014
The transition from eighth grade to high school results in a substantial drop in course performance for many students. These declines in performance lead students to fall off-track for obtaining high school and college degrees. By using data on students' middle grade performance, high school staff can set goals for their students to help them meet…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Urban Schools, Grade 8, Grade 9
Allensworth, Elaine M.; Gwynne, Julia A.; Moore, Paul; de La Torre, Marisa – University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, 2014
Preparation for college and careers begins when students are young, yet, it can be difficult for middle grade educators to know how best to prepare these students for future success. Middle grade practitioners need to know what to pay attention to and who needs additional support. Without knowing how to identify students who are on-track for high…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Urban Schools, College Preparation, At Risk Students
Ehrlich, Stacy B.; Gwynne, Julia A.; Stitziel Pareja, Amber; Allensworth, Elaine M.; Moore, Paul; Jagesic, Sanja; Sorice, Elizabeth – University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, 2014
Significant attention is currently focused on ensuring that children are enrolled in preschool. However, regular attendance is also critically important. Children with better preschool attendance have higher kindergarten readiness scores, this is especially true for students entering with low skills. Unfortunately, many preschool-aged children are…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Public Schools, Preschool Education, Attendance Patterns
Healey, Kaleen; Nagaoka, Jenny; Michelman, Valerie – University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, 2014
A four-year college degree increases a student's employment prospects and earning potential. Given this importance, it is not surprising that 75 percent of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) high school students aspire to obtain at least a four-year college degree. Yet, prior research showed that few achieved this goal: a 2006 University of Chicago…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Urban Schools, Educational Attainment, Graduation
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
University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, 2014
Districts now have access to a wealth of new information that can help target students with appropriate supports and bring focus and coherence to college readiness efforts. However, the abundance of data has brought its own challenges. Schools and school systems are often overwhelmed with the amount of data available. The capacity of districts to…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Educational Indicators, College Preparation, School Districts
University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, 2014
The use of data to inform decisionmaking and practice at the school and district levels is now a common feature of reform efforts. Advances in districts' technological capacities have produced data systems that allow a flow of data to and from schools, often to the point of creating an overwhelming flood of information. To make the flow of…
Descriptors: Educational Indicators, College Readiness, Decision Making, Evaluation Utilization
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
Allensworth, Elaine M.; Gwynne, Julia A.; Moore, Paul; de la Torre, Marisa – University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, 2014
This report is designed to provide a detailed picture of the relationship between students' performance in the middle grades (grades five through eight) and their subsequent performance in high school and college among students in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The key findings of this report have been summarized in briefs for middle grade and…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Intermediate Grades, High School Students, College Students
Sebring, Penny Bender; Brown, Eric R.; Julian, Kate M.; Ehrlich, Stacy B.; Sporte, Susan E.; Bradley, Erin; Meyer, Lisa – University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, 2013
Opened in fall 2009, YOUmedia attracts high schoolaged teens who want a safe and welcoming place to hang out and socialize, as well as those with established or nascent interests in both digital and traditional media. With the guidance of staff and the synergy of peer involvement, participants discover and pursue their interests through both…
Descriptors: Urban Areas, Adolescents, Public Libraries, Electronic Publishing
Sporte, Susan E.; Stevens, W. David; Healey, Kaleen; Jiang, Jennie; Hart, Holly – University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, 2013
This report focuses on the perceptions and experiences of teachers and administrators during the first year of REACH implementation, which was in many ways a particularly demanding year. These experiences can be helpful to Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and to other districts across the country as they work to restructure and transform teacher…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes, Public Schools
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