High Graduation Rates in Chicago

Chicago has seen a double digit increase in the percentage of students graduating from high school. A student who passes ninth grade is almost four times more likely to graduate than one who doesn’t. Chicago was a pioneer of this freshman year strategy in 2007 setting forth initiates to get teenagers to finish their first year of high school. Between 2007 and 2013, the number of freshman in Chicago Public Schools making it to 10th grade grew by 7,000 students. Freshman graduation rates jumped to 84% in 2014 from 57% in 2007. The four year graduation rate jumped from 49% in 2007 to 68% in 2014. Nationally graduation rates are up, but Chicago’s double digit growth is note worthy. These are stand-out results in a school system with a low income of majority and shrinking funding.

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