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Data Sources

UChicago CCSR’s archive of CPS administrative records includes student demographics, test scores, course grades, and high school graduation records. With the exception of course grades used to compute GPAs, all of these data are available for charter school students.

Data from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) are used for all college enrollment and college graduation rates. The NSC houses enrollment and graduation records for colleges throughout the United States and covers 98 percent of all postsecondary enrollments nationally, including undocumented immigrants. Data on the institutional graduation rates of the colleges attended by CPS graduates are from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), which collects data from all colleges that participate in federal student financial aid programs. Selectivity categories are based on ratings from Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges (2012). All of these data are available for charter school graduates.