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Anyone who knows me or has ever heard me speak knows that one of my all-time favorite infographics is the Foundations of Young Adult Success two pager that accompanies the full 2015 report prepared by the UChicago Consortium on School Research.

Study: Chicago students failed more classes during pandemic, but As rose too

Chicago students got more failing and incomplete grades during the pandemic, though that increase was much steeper at elementary schools than high schools, a new report out today finds.

But researchers with the University of Chicago’s Consortium on School Research say COVID-era grading data also offers some bright spots — and clues about how to steer recovery dollars to the schools that need them the most...


Superheroes and lost things

The titles of J.S. Puller’s first two books intrigued me so much that I immediately checked them out of the library.

It turns out The Lost Things Club is about a young boy who has stopped talking. His family, cousin, and friends are beside themselves. What will help TJ? Surprisingly, a laundromat, the things that are lost in said laundromat, and inventive friends who create a puppet video series about “The Land of Lost Things.” It’s a book based on today’s headlines, offering comfort and hope...

Jackson Overton-Clark

Jackson Overton-Clark is a Research Assistant for the UChicago Consortium. In this role, he supports research efforts for the Equitable Learning & Development Group. Jackson is currently a senior studying public policy and critical race and ethnic studies at the University of Chicago. Jackson's passion toward building equitable learning environment stems from his previous tutoring work with Chicago Youth Programs and the creation of his own documentary.

Chen An

Chen An is the Managing Director of Statistics and Analysis at the UChicago Consortium on School Research. She provides research and technical support to projects and facilitates the research findings review process. She believes in the power of using rigorous research to drive key decision-making in education to ensure that every student thrives.

Karina Kling

Karina Kling is a PhD student and Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Fellow in the Department of Psychology working with Susan Levine in the Cognitive Development Lab. Her research interests occupy the intersection between math, psychology, and education, specifically centered upon student learning processes and instructional strategies; with focused investigations that study the acquisition of specific mathematical concepts combined with contextualization of the learning environment, her research aims to inform practical, equitable, and effective education practices.

Students' futures are on the line as CPS works on its pandemic recovery

Before the pandemic, Michelle Yarbrough says her son, Josiah, was a straight-A student at Charles H. Wacker Elementary School in the Washington Heights neighborhood. But once Chicago Public Schools went remote in spring 2020, she saw his grades begin to slip.

"I didn't think it would affect the progress report the way that it did," Yarbrough says. But when she saw that he had a D, she knew she had to do something. "He never had a D or F."

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