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85% of CPS’s 2014–2015 first-time freshmen were on-track to graduate from high school in 4 years.

74% of CPS’s 2011–2012 first-time freshmen graduated high school by spring of 2015.

42% of CPS’s 2014 high school graduates enrolled in 4–year colleges in fall of 2014.

61% of CPS’s 2012 high school graduates who enrolled in a 4-year college in fall of 2012 were continuously enrolled through spring of 2014.

50% of CPS’s 2008 high school graduates who immediately enrolled in a 4-year college graduated from a 4-year college by spring of 2014.

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. A student is on-track if he or she fails no more than one semester of a core course and earns at least 5 credits by the end of freshman year. Additionally, only students who earn a 3.0 GPA or above in high school have at least a 50 percent chance of graduating from a four-year college within six years.

Graduating high school with a high level of academic achievement is among the most important markers along the road to college success. Students who graduate from high school with a GPA of 3.0 or above have at least a 50 percent probability of graduating from a four-year college within six years. In order to graduate from high school on time, students must earn a minimum of 24 credits.

Students’ choice of college strongly influences their likelihood of earning a college degree. Students who choose a college with a strong track record of graduating its students are more likely to earn a college degree.

Students’ high school academic achievement strongly influences their likelihood of earning a college degree. Students with high GPAs and ACT scores are more likely to remain in college.

Graduating from a 4-year college is increasingly a prerequisite for social and economic stability in the 21st century. The college graduation rate is the critical benchmark for thinking about the ultimate success of a high school’s efforts to increase the educational attainment of its students.

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