FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 14, 2017
Chicago Charter Public High Schools Sending Graduates to College at Record Rates
A groundbreaking report released by the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research reflects success for charter high school students
Chicago, Illinois – A new report released by the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research finds that students who attend Chicago charter public high schools are more likely to enroll in “very selective” four-year colleges and persist at rates far higher than their peers in non-charter high schools.
“We at the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) are pleased to see that the charter school movement’s focus on college placement and college persistence is paying off. This data shows that charter schools are proving what is possible when high schools focus on college success,” said Andrew Broy, president of INCS. “We are equally pleased to see that the district has adopted similar tactics that are yielding improvements broadly across the city. That is what the charter movement is about.”
Among Chicago Public Schools students who entered high school with similar academic profiles in 2008 through 2010, the four-year college enrollment was 45.1 percent for those who attended a charter high school, compared to 26.2 percent for students who attended a non-charter high school. What’s more, 7.2 percent of charter public high school students entered “very selective” colleges and universities, compared to 2.2 percent of their peers in district-run schools.
In 1997, the year the first charter public school opened its doors in Chicago, only 23 percent of students in the district enrolled in a four-year college. Today, Chicago students are now nearly twice as likely—44 percent—to enroll in a four-year college.
While this is remarkable progress, there is more work to be done, Broy said.
“Every student in Chicago deserves access to a high-quality public school that prepares them for the life that awaits them. The Illinois Network of Charter Schools and charter public school community will continue to work until we achieve that reality. Chicago families deserve nothing less.”
About the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS)
The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) advocates for the improvement of public education by leveraging the charter school model as a catalyst to transform lives and communities. INCS works to ensure that charter public schools have adequate and equitable resources, the autonomy to find innovative approaches to meet student needs, and a fair and transparent policy landscape that allows high-quality options to thrive. As the voice of Illinois charter schools, INCS engages a diverse coalition of policymakers, school leaders, parents, and community members to create systemic change and secure high-quality schools for underserved communities. Learn more at www.incschools.org.