Six of 100 Chicago Frosh Make It Through College

"Pipeline" stories are nearly always interesting, whether they're measuring attrition among prospective teachers before they get to the classroom, or high school students making it through high school, or college freshmen making it to graduation.

Now the Consortium on Chicago School Research takes it one step further by figuring out how many Chicago high school freshmen make it not only through high school but also through college. The answer? About six of 100.

City schools do poor job of college prep: study Crain's
Chicago Public Schools are doing a poor job in putting students, particularly Latinos, on track to succeed in college, according to a report issued today by a University of Chicago research group. The university's Consortium on Chicago School Research found that though 80% of ...

Of every 100 freshmen entering a Chicago public high school, only about six will earn a bachelor's degree by the time they're in their mid-20s, according to a first-of-its-kind study released Thursday by the Consortium on Chicago School Research.

6.5% of CPS freshmen finish college Sun Times
Chicago public high school freshmen are battling daunting odds: Only 6.5 percent of their predecessors have been earning four-year college degrees by their mid-20s.


Blogger EllenK said...

Wow. Pretty daunting odds. However, I would like to pose a question-should every student that enters high school pursue a college degree? From my POV, no. I see far too many kids that are wasting time and money lingering in colleges when instead they could be working or going after vocational certification. One of the key arguements in the immigration debate is that there are certain jobs Americans won't do. I don't buy that, but I do know that where as previous generations of boys learned how to work on cars and work with tools as an integral part of growing up, with so many female heads of households, that at home training has gone away. I think instead of wasting money on remedial training for kids that don't want it, we should instead create a system modeled after Great Britain's. There a student takes tests at age 14 and makes a decision whether to go after a pre-college curriculum or one designed to give basic skills and a vocation. We basically have that now with the advent of AP and IB classes, but everyone still wants to buy into the idea of every student going to college. It makes me crazy that there are remedial math and reading programs as part of a freshman curriculum in colleges. How about we return to the idea that college is for higher level learning and stop currying favor with coaches and alums by allowing less than stellar students to enter.

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