Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett recently announced that rate for freshmen on-track to graduate for School Year 2013-2014 is the highest measure on record at 84.1 percent, up 2.6 percentage points from 2013.
And since Emanuel took office in 2011, the freshman on-track rate has increased 11.5 percent.
“The record-high freshman on track and graduation rates are representative of the dedication and hard work of our students, teachers, principals and parents, who are working together to prepare Chicago’s next generation for graduation and a brighter future,” said Emanuel. “We will continue to make critical investments in our students and their learning, because while these results are promising, we still have a ways to go to ensure that each of our children has access to a high-quality education that will prepare them for success in college, career and in life.”
In 2008, the District began measuring the freshman on-track rate, developed by the University of Chicago. According to the Consortium on Chicago School Research, freshmen who are on-track are three and a half times more likely to graduate from high school in four years than students who are off-track.
The measurement looks at course grades and credits in the first year of high school and students are considered on-track at the end of their freshman year if they accumulated at least five course credits and failed no more than one semester course in a core subject during the school year.
“This record on-track rate is a testament to the progress our students are making, thanks to the remarkable things our teachers do every day in the classroom,” said Byrd-Bennett. “On top of our record graduation rate, improved test scores and increases in attendance, this measure demonstrates the value of our investments.”