In the past two and a half decades, the number and types of schools in the Chicago Public Schools have risen dramatically even as enrollment has declined. The face of the student body and teaching corps has undergone significant change. And although the system still lags behind the state on many measures, CPS has seen improved test scores and rising high school and college graduation rates.






Notes: *Enrollment figures are from the Illinois state report card. At press time, 2014 numbers were the latest available. **The latest data on average years of teaching experience are from 2011. ***On Oct. 1, CPS released re-calculated graduation rates from 2011 on because some dropouts were miscoded.

Sources: Chicago Public Schools, Illinois state report card, National Center for Education Statistics, University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research

Kalyn Belsha

Kalyn is a reporter for The Chicago Reporter. Email her at and follow her on Twitter @kalynbelsha.

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