There is no denying that schools focus and measure their academic success with their 12th grade graduation rates. The idea being: the higher the graduation rate, the more successful the school is in educating their students. However, schools in Chicago are now taking a different approach to measuring and bolstering their success rates.
Based on the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, schools are implementing the “Freshman On Track Indicator.” Ninth grade students are measured and categorized after one semester or quarter in school. Components such as behavior, absences, and grades are compiled and categorized into green, yellow, and red indicators of being on track. Green is on track, yellow is sliding off track, and red is off track to graduation.