CPS Has Reached Some Record-High Attainment Rates. How Equitably Were Outcomes Distributed Across Communities?

Fewer than one in four CPS freshmen enrolled in their assigned neighborhood high school in 2019.

The patterns we see in the data from this report therefore cannot be separated from larger systemic issues and beliefs that directly and indirectly led to public and private disinvestments in schools and communities of color.

The findings of our study both reinforce and complicate the story of rising attainment in the district.

Community areas with fewer than 50 students are not included (Edison Park, Fuller Park, Loop, and Burnside). High schools with fewer than 25 students in the ninth-grade cohort are not included (VOISE Academy and all options schools), although their students are included in the CPS average.

Community area context clearly shapes students’ experiences in high school and their attainment, but high schools play a more proximal role in helping students graduate.

Community areas with fewer than 50 students are not included (Edison Park, Fuller Park, Loop, and Burnside). High schools with fewer than 25 students in the ninth-grade cohort are not included (VOISE Academy and all options schools), although their students are included in the CPS average.

A student’s community area continues to matter greatly in whether they attain a college credential.

Using a community-based strategy on top of school-based strategies could be useful in addressing inequities in college completion.

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