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Chicago Public Schools Announce Record-High Graduation Rate, Record-Low Dropout Rate

21 October 2021

Highest-Ever Graduation Rate of 83.8 Percent Propelled by Gains from Black Students; District’s One-Year Dropout Rate of 3.8 Percent is All-Time Low 

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CHICAGO - Chicago Public Schools CEO Pedro Martinez today announced the District's record-high five-year graduation rate of 83.8 percent, up by nearly 27 percentage points from 2011 when the rate was 56.9 percent. The four-year rate saw a similar gain, increasing 26 percentage points in the same time span and remaining nearly level since last year at 80.2 percent for the Class of 2021. Increased graduation rates among students of all racial groups led to the overall gain, bringing the District closer to its Five-Year Vision goal of reaching a 90 percent graduation rate by 2024.

“This is a wonderful sign of our District’s progress,” said CEO Martinez. “The last time I worked for CPS, our graduation rates were nowhere near where they are now, and I am so proud of each and every Class of 2021 graduate and the many teachers and family members who supported them, especially amid this global pandemic. We are excited and ready to ensure more students reach this milestone, equipped and ready to succeed in college and careers.”

CEO Martinez joined District and school leaders as well as students at Amundsen High School Thursday afternoon to celebrate the gains and encourage continued growth across CPS. Principals from neighborhood high schools with the top 10 graduation rates for the Class of 2021 also joined the event which featured musicians from the Amundsen High School Orchestra and a future Class of 2022 graduate.

Strong Growth From Priority Demographics

Graduation rates for the District's four largest racial demographics—Latinx, Black, White, and Asian—all increased this year. In particular, strong progress from Black students, a 2.1 percent increase for Black males and a 1.8 percent increase for Black females, helped contribute to the District's overall record-high graduation rate. The graduation rate for Latinx males increased by 0.3 percentage points, and the graduation rate for Latinx females increased by 0.5 percentage points.

While an opportunity gap between the five-year graduation rate of Black students and the District’s average rate still exists, this gap has decreased for the third straight year. CPS also saw strong growth from students who attend a neighborhood high school, as the five-year graduation rate at these schools increased 1.6 percentage points to 81.0 percent.

Lowest-Ever One-Year Dropout Rate

This year, the District also recorded its lowest-ever one-year dropout rate—3.8 percent—which is a 1.8 percentage point decrease from last year. This metric measures the percentage of students who drop out over the course of a given year and is used to gather an understanding of how high schools are supporting students and working to prevent students from dropping out over the course of a single school year.

Much like the District's five-year graduation rate, its one-year dropout rate highlights impressive progress from Black students. Black males had the largest decrease when grouping the data by race and gender—2.6 percent—and the rate for Black females decreased by 2.5 percent. The rate for Latinx males and females both decreased by 1.3 percent. The one-year dropout rate also decreased for White students, Asian students, diverse learners, and English learners.

Continuing Progress through Targeted Strategy

Last school year, the District unveiled its comprehensive High School Strategy, an equity-focused roadmap that laid the groundwork for sustained, long-term progress for our high school students. Through the High School Strategy, the District is empowering schools to connect students with the resources they need to graduate from high school and leave the District with a strong post-secondary plan. Its key initiatives include:

Increasing Access to Rigorous College-Level Coursework: As part of the District's goal of increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) courses for Black and Latinx students, the District plans to increase opportunities to take AP Capstone, a two-year diploma program that guides students to complete an original, college-level research paper and oral defense, from 12 campuses to 30 by the 2023-24 school year.

Early Access to Advanced Math: By the 2023-24 school year, CPS plans to offer at least one algebra course at every elementary school to ensure all students who qualify for algebra in elementary school can enter high school having taken the course. This will lead to a 2,200 increase in the number of eighth-grade students who successfully complete high school algebra.

Launching a High School Reading Intervention Plan: To support the District's highest-need students, the Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services has launched a reading intervention plan that supports 15 high schools across the District. By scheduling the program as a daily elective class that develops fluency and comprehension through abundant reading of culturally- relevant texts, the District aims to accelerate growth for students who enter high school reading below grade level.

Expanding Access for Diverse Learners at Selective Enrollment High Schools: In order to increase equity and representation, the District is working to ensure that each of its 11 selective enrollment high schools has a population of diverse learners that mirrors the overall percentage of diverse learners in the District. Diverse learners refers to those students with unique needs who may need additional support, services and resources to help them succeed.


While the High School Strategy created several new initiatives meant to support the success of our high school students, it is also meant to reinforce many of the District's new and existing priorities that have played a hand in its rising graduation rates, including:

Moving Forward Together: In June, the District announced its Moving Forward Together initiative, a more than $525 million series of investments meant to accelerate learning and support schools as they work through the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This initiative includes $25 million to create a District-wide tutor corps to support students in literacy and math, $18 million to support students as they transition into high school or their post-secondary plan, $16 million to increase resources to support the social-emotional needs of students, and $8 million to expand summer programs to help students stay on-track academically.

Skyline: Skyline is the District's first-ever standards-aligned, culturally- responsive curriculum for students from pre-k through 12th grade. As part of the District's Curriculum Equity Initiative, Skyline is a set of integrated digital platforms that include content in English language arts, mathematics, science, social science, and two world languages—Spanish and French. With a fully articulated suite of resources, including scopes and sequences, unit plans, lesson-level teacher facilitation guides, student-facing resources, and formative and summative assessments, Skyline ensures that every student in every neighborhood can benefit from a world-class curriculum.

Learn.Plan.Succeed: The District's Learn.Plan.Succeed. initiative requires all high school students to have a concrete post-secondary plan before they graduate, such as a college acceptance letter, apprenticeship or trade program acceptance, military enlistment letter, or job offer. This year, 97.5 percent of seniors submitted a post-secondary plan, and 81.9 percent of the CPS Class of 2021 graduated with plans to attend college.

This year marks the highest graduation rate on record, but due to declining enrollment, a slightly smaller number of cohort graduates - 20, 722 - earned diplomas this year than last year’s 21,069.

The CPS schools with a five-year graduation rate that exceeded the District average of 83.9 percent are as follows:

School

Graduation Rate 2021

JONES HS

98.3%

OGDEN HS

98.3%

PAYTON HS

97.6%

KENWOOD HS

96.9%

LANE TECH HS

96.9%

BACK OF THE YARDS HS

96.7%

HANCOCK HS

96.3%

NORTHSIDE PREP HS

96.0%

YOUNG HS

95.7%

NOBLE - MUCHIN HS

95.5%

CARVER MILITARY HS

95.0%

NOBLE - NOBLE HS

95.0%

CHICAGO TECH HS

94.7%

MARINE LEADERSHIP AT AMES HS

94.5%

NOBLE - PRITZKER HS

94.5%

LAKE VIEW HS

94.3%

CHICAGO ACADEMY HS

93.9%

NOBLE - BULLS HS

93.8%

VON STEUBEN HS

93.3%

GOODE HS

93.2%

INTRINSIC HS

93.2%

LINDBLOM HS

93.0%

NOBLE - UIC HS

93.0%

INFINITY HS

92.9%

WESTINGHOUSE HS

92.5%

DISNEY II HS

92.1%

KING HS

91.9%

PHOENIX MILITARY HS

91.9%

CICS - NORTHTOWN HS

91.8%

RICKOVER MILITARY HS

91.0%

PROSSER HS

90.6%

SOUTH SHORE INTL HS

90.3%

TAFT HS

90.1%

NOBLE - MANSUETO HS

89.9%

WILLIAMS HS

89.8%

NOBLE - COMER

89.7%

BROOKS HS

89.6%

CHICAGO MILITARY HS

89.2%

ACERO - GARCIA HS

88.7%

ASPIRA - BUSINESS & FINANCE HS

88.7%

ALCOTT HS

88.6%

INSTITUTO - HEALTH

88.6%

NOBLE - ITW SPEER HS

88.6%

SOLORIO HS

88.6%

ACERO - SOTO HS

88.5%

CHICAGO MATH & SCIENCE HS

88.4%

LINCOLN PARK HS

88.4%

NOBLE - ACADEMY HS

88.3%

MORGAN PARK HS

87.9%

DYETT ARTS HS

87.0%

NOBLE - GOLDER HS

86.8%

NOBLE - RAUNER HS

86.7%

AMUNDSEN HS

86.6%

SIMEON HS

86.4%

CHIARTS HS

86.3%

U OF C - WOODLAWN HS

86.3%

WORLD LANGUAGE HS

86.3%

CRANE MEDICAL HS

86.1%

NORTH-GRAND HS

86.0%

CLEMENTE HS

85.9%

SOCIAL JUSTICE HS

85.5%

HORIZON - SOUTHWEST

85.1%

NOBLE - BUTLER HS

84.4%

CATALYST - MARIA

84.2%

MATHER HS

83.8%

 

The CPS schools with a four-year graduation rate that exceeded the District average of 80.2 percent are as follows: 

School

Graduation Rate 2021

PAYTON HS

97.9%

JONES HS

97.1%

NOBLE - MUCHIN HS

96.1%

NORTHSIDE PREP HS

96.0%

BACK OF THE YARDS HS

95.9%

LANE TECH HS

95.7%

PHOENIX MILITARY HS

95.3%

OGDEN HS

94.9%

YOUNG HS

94.1%

CICS - NORTHTOWN HS

94.0%

CHICAGO ACADEMY HS

93.8%

LINDBLOM HS

93.1%

RICKOVER MILITARY HS

92.7%

NOBLE - NOBLE HS

92.3%

PERSPECTIVES - JOSLIN HS

92.1%

HANCOCK HS

92.0%

NOBLE - BULLS HS

92.0%

KENWOOD HS

91.9%

BROOKS HS

91.8%

WESTINGHOUSE HS

91.6%

NOBLE - PRITZKER HS

91.2%

VON STEUBEN HS

91.2%

CHICAGO TECH HS

90.8%

AIR FORCE HS

90.0%

CHICAGO MATH & SCIENCE HS

89.7%

NOBLE - ITW SPEER HS

89.7%

NOBLE - HANSBERRY HS

89.3%

INFINITY HS

89.2%

ACERO - GARCIA HS

89.0%

PERSPECTIVES - LEADERSHIP HS

88.5%

GOODE HS

88.4%

TAFT HS

88.2%

U OF C - WOODLAWN HS

88.0%

KING HS

87.9%

ALCOTT HS

87.8%

PROSSER HS

87.3%

NOBLE - MANSUETO HS

86.9%

NOBLE - RAUNER HS

86.9%

NOBLE - GOLDER HS

86.8%

URBAN PREP - ENGLEWOOD HS

86.8%

ACERO - DE LA CRUZ

86.7%

MARINE LEADERSHIP AT AMES HS

86.7%

School

Graduation Rate 2021

PAYTON HS

97.9%

JONES HS

97.1%

NOBLE - MUCHIN HS

96.1%

NORTHSIDE PREP HS

96.0%

BACK OF THE YARDS HS

95.9%

LANE TECH HS

95.7%

PHOENIX MILITARY HS

95.3%

OGDEN HS

94.9%

YOUNG HS

94.1%

CICS - NORTHTOWN HS

94.0%

CHICAGO ACADEMY HS

93.8%

LINDBLOM HS

93.1%

RICKOVER MILITARY HS

92.7%

NOBLE - NOBLE HS

92.3%

PERSPECTIVES - JOSLIN HS

92.1%

HANCOCK HS

92.0%

NOBLE - BULLS HS

92.0%

KENWOOD HS

91.9%

BROOKS HS

91.8%

WESTINGHOUSE HS

91.6%

NOBLE - PRITZKER HS

91.2%

VON STEUBEN HS

91.2%

CHICAGO TECH HS

90.8%

AIR FORCE HS

90.0%

CHICAGO MATH & SCIENCE HS

89.7%

NOBLE - ITW SPEER HS

89.7%

NOBLE - HANSBERRY HS

89.3%

INFINITY HS

89.2%

ACERO - GARCIA HS

89.0%

PERSPECTIVES - LEADERSHIP HS

88.5%

GOODE HS

88.4%

TAFT HS

88.2%

U OF C - WOODLAWN HS

88.0%

KING HS

87.9%

ALCOTT HS

87.8%

PROSSER HS

87.3%

NOBLE - MANSUETO HS

86.9%

NOBLE - RAUNER HS

86.9%

NOBLE - GOLDER HS

86.8%

URBAN PREP - ENGLEWOOD HS

86.8%

ACERO - DE LA CRUZ

86.7%

MARINE LEADERSHIP AT AMES HS

86.7%

NOBLE - ACADEMY HS

86.1%

SOUTH SHORE INTL HS

86.1%

NOBLE - UIC HS

86.0%

LAKE VIEW HS

85.6%

LINCOLN PARK HS

85.6%

CHICAGO MILITARY HS

85.1%

SENN HS

85.1%

NOBLE - BUTLER HS

85.0%

CARVER MILITARY HS

84.8%

DYETT ARTS HS

84.8%

DISNEY II HS

84.5%

AMUNDSEN HS

84.3%

DOUGLASS HS

83.3%

NORTH-GRAND HS

82.5%

INSTITUTO - HEALTH

82.4%

CHIARTS HS

82.1%

CLARK HS

81.8%

SOLORIO HS

81.8%

KENNEDY HS

81.3%

NOBLE - BAKER HS

81.1%

NOBLE - COMER

81.1%

ACERO - SOTO HS

80.3%

SIMEON HS

80.3%






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