Adam Corson

Adam Corson is the CPS Data Liaison with UEI, where he guides external partners who conduct research with CPS. He has most recently spent time as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Chicago’s collective impact organization, Thrive Chicago, on their Data and Research Team, as well as teaching digital literacy skills through the Chicago Public Library. Outside of work, Adam enjoys local art exhibits, community events, and cooking with friends. Adam's preferred pronouns are He/Him. 

New studies hint at clearer ways to measure English learners' performance

For many years, most of the problems of American public education have been described in terms of “achievement gaps.” This framing, and the education policy approaches that build from it, have much to recommend them. The framing begins from the incontrovertible premise that students from historically underserved demographic groups often have limited access to high-quality educational opportunities. This core, systemic inequity drives gaps in student achievement between students from these groups and privileged students.

Arya Muralidharan

Arya Muralidharan is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in computational and applied mathematics at the University of Chicago. She is currently working at the UChicago Consortium as a Research Assistant. Previously, she worked as a Research and Data Analysis intern for the Texas-based non-profit CHILDREN AT RISK, focusing on public and early childhood education. She also tutored elementary and high school students in Chicago through Maroon Tutor Match.

How learning environments can shape learning outcomes

New research from the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research (UChicago Consortium) shows the learning environments educators create can have a strong influence on students’ Academic Mindsets and Learning Strategies, and, ultimately, performance. Based on this research, we at UChicago Impact partnered with the UChicago Consortium to develop Cultivate, a survey and framework designed to support educators in creating the kind of learning environments that can change what students believe and how they perform.

5Essentials FAQs

What is the purpose of the 5Essentials (5E) Surveys for teachers and students?

Results from the 5E Survey provide a guide to help schools know what they can do to improve or strengthen their school. Research has shown that schools strong on three or more of the 5Es are actually 10 times more likely to improve than schools that are weak on three or more of the 5Es.

Is a high school equivalency good enough to graduate?

Educators in two Marion County districts are pushing lawmakers to let schools count as graduates certain students now labeled as dropouts. But some experts say that move would lower the bar for Indiana students.

Should lawmakers approve the measure, graduation counts in several districts would include students who pass a high school equivalency exam and take steps toward career training...

Trends in Computer Science Education

This study examines trends in CS education in Chicago over the last decade in CPS high schools. The longitudinal look utilizes data from 2008-09 through 2017-18. It looks specifically at the cohorts of students expected to graduate under the new CS graduation requirement in 2020 and 2021. Because our data sample ended in 2018, our analyses and findings do not include information for a full four years of enrollment for the 2020 and 2021 cohorts.

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