The To&Through Project empowers educators, policymakers, and families with research, data, and resources on the milestones that matter most for high school and college success

76% of Chicago Public Schools high school freshmen aspire to earn a four-year college degree. Yet current projections show only 18% of CPS freshmen—and only 22% of high school freshmen nationwide—will go on to earn a four-year college degree within ten years of starting high school.

Let’s change the odds.

The To&Through Project

Research tells us that a college degree is still the most effective path out of poverty—people who finish college tend to be healthier, wealthier and happier. The To&Through Project provides educators, policymakers, and families with research, data, and resources on the milestones that matter most for college success so that, together, we can give every ninth grader who aspires to earn a college degree the opportunity and support to do so.

Research
Illuminating what it takes for students to make it to and through high school and college
Data
Systematically tracking district and school progress on the milestones that matter most for college success
Resources
Helping education stakeholders translate research and data into improved practice

More than two decades of rigorous research have honed in on the five milestones that matter most for college success. By illuminating these milestones with research, measuring our progress on them with data, and providing resources and training that help stakeholders put that research and data into practice, we can better support our students on their paths to and through and college.  

High School Milestones

Freshman On-Track
Students who are on-track at the end of ninth grade are nearly three times more likely to graduate from high school than students who are off-track.
High School Graduation
Graduating from high school with Bs or better is one of the most important markers along the road to college success.

College Milestones

College Enrollment
Students of all qualification levels are more likely to graduate from college if they attend a postsecondary institution with a high institutional graduation rate.
College Persistence
Strong grades—earning Bs or better in high school—is the strongest indicator of a student's likelihood of persisting through and graduating from college.
College Graduation
College graduation is a critical benchmark for considering high school and higher education's success in improving students' educational attainment.
To&Through: Chicago Public Schools has made progress on the milestones that matter for high school and college success

See Chicago’s Progress on the Milestones that Matter

Over the past decade, Chicago has made significant progress on the milestones that matter most for college success, with rising college attainment accompanied by rising academic achievement on grades and ACT scores. Learn more about what's driving Chicago’s trajectory of improvement.

See To&Through in Action

High schools and colleges across Chicago are putting To&Through research, data, and resources in action to help more students reach the milestones that matter most for college success.

Learn More About Their Strategies and Results