Elaine Allensworth
Lewis-Sebring Director


  • College readiness
  • Graduation rate
  • Research and methodology
  • Standardized tests
  • Teacher recruitment and retention

Elaine Allensworth is the Lewis-Sebring director of the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research and a managing director of the Urban Education Institute. She conducts research on the factors that affect high school students’ educational attainment, including high school graduation and college readiness, as well as the structural factors that affect school improvement. Allensworth is best known for her work on early indicators of high school graduation, including the study ”What Matters for Staying On-Track and Graduating,” which has been used to develop tracking systems in Chicago and in districts across the country. She is also co-author of the book, “Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago.” She served as a committee member for the National Academies/National Research Council Committee on Improved Measurement of High School Dropout and Completion Rates, the Scientific Review Panel of the U.S. Department of Education, and the board of the Illinois Education Research Council. Allensworth holds a doctorate in sociology from Michigan State University and was once a high school teacher.