Chicago recruits outside firm to help it tackle gender, racial gaps in advanced courses

The school board voted to expand the partnership to an additional 6 schools (Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory, North-Grand High, Thomas Kelly College Preparatory, Kenwood Academy High, Nicholas Senn High and Friedrich Von Steuben Metropolitan Science High) “… to identify inequities in access to rigorous coursework, and find students in need of additional support or encouragement or who have been overlooked or face barriers but show potential to handle the classes. The group [EOS] will analyze student academic records and surveys to help determine the size and causes of the gaps at schools, develop best practices and boost leadership capacity for closing them, according to the agreement.”

“We can learn from the work that they’ve been doing,” said Chief Education Officer LaTanya McDade. “They have an approach that goes beyond just pushing students into wanting to enroll, they survey the hearts and minds of students.”

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