Giving All Students a Chance at Success in Chicago

Data Systems That Work
Giving All Students a Chance at Success in Chicago

What Is On-Track and How Does It Support Students?

“If students are falling behind, there has to be quick intervention to support students,” says Marvin Garcia, community partner at Roberto Clemente Academy.

High school teachers and leaders in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) use information on student behavior, attendance, and grades to create an on-track indicator to focus on supporting students, make sure they understand their own progress, and stay on track for graduation. Between 2007 and 2014, CPS high school rate of students on track to graduate rose from 57 percent to 84 percent—in part because adults in schools and districts used the on-track indicator to target students who needed a little more help.

Watch now to hear how on-track data is one important tool in supporting students in Chicago Public Schools.

What Teachers Have to Say

Because of the on-track work in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), “We don’t talk about kids failing anymore,” says Dr. Gregory Jones, principal at Kenwood High School.

That’s because teachers in CPS have access to information that shows which students may need more help to stay on track to graduation. Across the district, high school teachers and leaders developed school-specific strategies to support students—as a result, nearly 7,000 more Chicago students graduate each year.

Watch now to hear teachers in CPS talk about the power of on track as one tool that helps them support their students.