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The UChicago Consortium...



the progress & challenges of the Chicago Public Schools



how programs and policies are working



what really matters for school & student success

To & Through

76 percent of Chicago Public Schools high school freshmen aspire to earn a college degree, yet projections show only 18 percent of them will go on to earn a four-year college degree within 10 years. Nationally, the vast majority of all high school students aspire to earn a college degree, yet less than one in three succeed.

Helping more students make it to and through high school and college is critical, not only because it will result in more students realizing their college aspirations, but also because research tells us that a college degree is still the most effective path out of poverty. People who finish college also tend to be healthier and happier—less likely to get involved in crime or suffer from illness, and more likely to volunteer, vote, engage in their communities, and even live longer.

What We’ve Learned

Early Childhood

Does pre-k attendance matter? How can we prepare students to transition from pre-k to kindergarten? What tools could help early childhood education leaders improve their programs and their students’ development?

Elementary & Middle School

What is the best indicator in elementary and middle school that students will be ready for high school? How is attendance related to school performance in the primary grades? How are eighth-graders using the GoCPS system for high school admission?

High School

How can high school educators improve graduation rates, starting in ninth grade?

College & Career

What academic and non-academic factors influence students’ college choices, access, and success?

Teachers & Leaders

How can principals and teachers best improve student learning gains? What do we know about teacher evaluation in Chicago? How have changes to Illinois principal preparation requirements affected education in the state?

District & Policy
  • May 2019

    A First Look at Ninth-Grade Applications, Offers, and Enrollment

  • May 2018

    Staff and Student Experiences and Academic Outcomes

How have district policies affected students? What options does CPS offer families, and how might they be evaluated?

Equitable Learning and Development

If we applied the best research on how human beings learn and develop, what would classrooms, schools, and districts look like?


What tools and data could help school leaders improve their students’ learning gains? What tools could help early childhood education leaders improve their programs and their students’ development?

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