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An annual look at CPS students’ attainment rates from high school to college

This report provides a close look at how CPS students are progressing to and through high school and college by examining the CPS high school graduation rate, immediate college enrollment rate, and college completion rate. This annual analysis also tracks how these rates have changed over time and disaggregates the data by race/ethnicity and gender, English Learner status, and disability status.

Additionally, the report provides our yearly Post-secondary Attainment Index (PAI), which estimates the number of current CPS ninth-graders who would complete any type of degree or certificate in the next 10 years, if the district’s current rates of attainment were to stay the same for the next decade.

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The Educational Attainment of Chicago Public Schools Students: 2020

See the 2020 CPS high school graduation rate, college enrollment rate, and college completion rates as well as the 2020 PAI. We track rates over time and disaggregate by race/ethnicity & gender, English Learner status, and disability status.

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To&Through Data Insights

The To&Through Project data insights illustrate how Chicago is faring on its quest to propel more students to and through high school and college. The first half of the collection of data insights illuminates the most important discoveries about what fosters high school and college success from the To&Through Project and UChicago Consortium, and the second half visually summarizes the attainment trajectory of CPS students reported in the annual analysis above.

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The Educational Attainment of Chicago Public Schools Students: 2019

This report begins with an explanation of the Post-secondary Attainment Index (PAI), an updated version of our Degree Attainment Index (DAI), which now takes into account students completing associate degrees and certificates. The report then examines five key milestones of CPS students' educational attainment.

Panel Discussion: The Education Debt for Black Young Men of Chicago Public Schools

Panel Discussion

On March 2, 2021, the To&Through Project hosted a virtual panel discussion featuring Dr. Maurice Swinney, Chief Equity Officer for Chicago Public Schools (CPS); Dr. Shawn Jackson, President of Truman College; and Dr. Kyle Westbrook, Executive Director of the Partnership for College Completion. The panel discussion centered on the K-12 and higher education experiences of Black male students from CPS.

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The Educational Attainment of Chicago Public Schools Students: 2018

The University of Chicago Consortium on School Research and the To&Through Project's annual analysis of CPS students’ progress on key attainment milestones gives Chicago’s education stakeholders a high-level view of how the district performed on these milestones in 2018, compared to rates from the past decade.

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The Educational Attainment of Chicago Public Schools Students: 2017

The University of Chicago Consortium on School Research and the To&Through Project's annual analysis of CPS students’ progress on key attainment milestones gives Chicago’s education stakeholders a high-level view of how the district performed on these milestones in 2017, compared to rates from the past decade.

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The Educational Attainment of Chicago Public Schools Students: 2016

The University of Chicago Consortium on School Research and the To&Through Project's annual analysis of CPS students’ progress on key attainment milestones gives Chicago’s education stakeholders a high-level view of how the district performed on these milestones in 2016, compared to rates from the past decade.

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The Educational Attainment of Chicago Public Schools Students: 2015

The University of Chicago Consortium on School Research and the To&Through Project's annual analysis of CPS students’ progress on key attainment milestones gives Chicago’s education stakeholders a high-level view of how the district performed on these milestones in 2015, compared to rates from the past decade.

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The Educational Attainment of Chicago Public Schools Students: 2014

The University of Chicago Consortium on School Research and the To&Through Project's annual analysis of CPS students’ progress on key attainment milestones gives Chicago’s education stakeholders a high-level view of how the district performed on these milestones in 2014, compared to rates from the past decade.

Explore More Data on Chicago Public Schools Students' Attainment

The To&Through Project’s data tools enable unprecedented public access to Chicago Public Schools (CPS) data on students’ rates of attainment of key milestones, including the CPS high school graduation rate, immediate college enrollment rate, and college completion rate. Using the data tools, users can examine CPS statistics at both the individual high school and neighborhood levels. For each attainment milestone, users can drill down into data by race/ethnicity and gender, and for some milestones, users can even disaggregate the data by students’ qualifications, such as their college access level. Explore the To&Through Milestones Tools and more.