A first-of-its-kind online tool models how districts can provide schools with the student attainment data they need to improve outcomes
The newly released To&Through online tool makes data on the milestones that matter most for students’ high school and college success available to educators, families, and policymakers in one, online hub for the first time. Aggregating information spanning over more than a decade, the To&Through online tool also links Chicago high schools to college outcomes for the first time, providing the full picture of students’ educational progress, from the middle grades through college graduation. The online tool is one essential component of the larger To&Through Project, which provides school stakeholders with not only the data but also the research and training resources they need to catalyze significant progress towards improving students’ college attainment.
Why It Matters
Attaining a college degree is more important than ever: by 2020, two-thirds of jobs will require some form of postsecondary education. And though 76 percent of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) high school freshmen aspire to earn a four-year college degree, current projections show only 18 percent of CPS freshmen—and only 22 percent of high school freshmen nationwide—will go on to earn a four-year college degree within ten years of starting high school. The To&Through online tool models how districts nationwide can harness data to help educators and families track students’ progress on the milestones that matter most for their high school and postsecondary success.