Publications

  • Roderick, Melissa, Vanessa Coca, Eliza Moeller, and Thomas Kelley-Kemple. 2013. From high school to the future: The challenge of senior year in Chicago Public Schools. Chicago: The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research.
  • Roderick, Melissa. 2012. "Drowning in data but thirsty for analysis." Teachers College Record 114(11): 110309.
  • Coca, Vanessa, David W. Johnson, Thomas Kelley-Kemple, Melissa Roderick, Eliza Moeller, Nicole Williams, and Kafi Moragne. 2012. Working to my potential: The postsecondary experiences of CPS students in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Chicago: The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research.
  • Farrington, Camille A., Melissa Roderick, Elaine Allensworth, Jenny Nagaoka, Tasha S. Keyes, David W. Johnson, and Nicole O. Beechum. 2012. Teaching adolescents to become learners: The role of noncognitive factors in shaping school performance. Chicago: The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research.
  • Roderick, Melissa, Vanessa Coca, and Jenny Nagaoka. 2011. "Potholes on the road to college: High school effects in shaping urban students’ participation in college application, four-year college enrollment, and college match." Sociology of Education 84(3): 178-211.
  • Roderick, Melissa, and Ginger Stoker. 2010. "Bringing rigor to the study of rigor: Are advanced placement courses a useful approach to increasing college access and success for urban and minority youths?" In Handbook of Research on Schools, Schooling, and Human Development, Judith L. Meece and Jacquelynne S. Eccles, eds. New York: Routledge.
  • Coca, Vanessa, Jenny Nagaoka, Thomas Kelley-Kemple, and Melissa Roderick. 2009. "Senior year course-taking in Chicago: Gearing up for college or coasting to graduation?" Paper presented at the American Education Research Association annual conference, April, in San Diego, CA.
  • Moeller, Eliza, Karen Roddie, and Melissa Roderick. 2009. "Student voices: A qualitative exploration of students’ senior year coursework." Paper presented at the American Education Research Association annual conference, April, in San Diego, CA.
  • Nagaoka, Jenny, Melissa Roderick, and Vanessa Coca. 2009. Barriers to college attainment, lessons from Chicago. Center for American Progress, Washington, DC.
  • Roderick, Melissa, Vanessa Coca, and Jenny Nagaoka. 2009. "Potholes on the road to college: High school effects in shaping urban students’ participation in college application, search and enrollment." Paper presented at the American Education Research Association annual conference, April 2009, in San Diego, CA.
  • Roderick, Melissa, John Q. Easton, and Penny Sebring. 2009. The Consortium on Chicago School Research: A new model for the role of research in supporting urban school reform. Chicago: The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research.
  • Roderick, Melissa, Jenny Nagaoka, and Vanessa Coca. 2009. "College readiness for all: The challenge for urban high schools." Future of Children 19(1): 185-210.
  • Roderick, Melissa, Jenny Nagaoka, Vanessa Coca, and Eliza Moeller. 2009. Making hard work pay off: Challenges on the road to college for students in Chicago Public Schools’ academically advanced programs. Chicago: The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research.
  • Roderick, Melissa, Vanessa Coca, Eliza Moeller, and Jenny Nagaoka. 2008. From high school to the future: Potholes on the road to college. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research.
  • Roderick, Melissa, and Jenny Nagaoka. 2008. Developing a strategy to increase college enrollment and graduation among Chicago Public School graduates. In Succeeding in College: What It Means and How to Make It Happen, Michael McPherson and Morton Owen Shapiro, eds. New York: College Board.
  • Nagaoka, Jenny, Andy Brake, Jonah Deutsch, and Melissa Roderick. 2007. "Bringing AVID to Chicago’s public high schools: Ninth-grade outcomes in a large, urban school district." Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association annual conference, April, in Chicago, IL.
  • Roderick, Melissa, and John Q. Easton. 2007. "Developing new roles for research in new policy environments." The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research. Paper presented at the inaugural conference of the Social Science Research Council, Research Partnership for New York City Schools, October, in New York City, NY.
  • Roderick, Melissa, and Ginger Stoker. 2007. "Bringing rigor to the study of rigor: Evaluating the impact of expanding AP participation in Chicago on college enrollment." Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association annual conference, April, in Chicago, IL.
  • Roderick, Melissa, Jenny Nagaoka, and Elaine Allensworth. 2006.  "From high school to the future: An analysis of the college attendance patterns, college qualifications, and college graduation rates of Chicago Public School graduates." Chicago, IL: Consortium on Chicago School Research.
  • Roderick, Melissa. 2006. Closing the aspirations-achievement gap implications for high school reform: A commentary from Chicago.  New York, NY: MDRC.
  • Roderick, Melissa and Jenny Nagaoka. 2005. "Retention under Chicago's high stakes testing program: Helpful, harmful, or harmless?"  Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis 27: 309-340.
  • Roderick, Melissa, Jenny Nagoaka, and Elaine Allensworth. 2005. "Is the glass half full or mostly empty? Ending social promotion in Chicago."  In Uses and Misuses of Data for Educational Accountability and Improvement, The 104th Yearbook for the National  Society for the Study of Education (NSSE), Part 2, Edward H Haertel and Joan Herman, eds. 223-59. Malden, MA.
  • Stone, Susan, Mimi Engel, Jenny Nagaoka and Melissa Roderick. 2005. "Getting it the second time around: Student classroom experiences in Chicago's Summer Bridge Program."  Teachers College Record 107(5): 935-957.
  • Smith, Bets Ann, Sophie Degener, and Melissa Roderick. 2005. "Extended Learning Time and Accountability: Assessing Outcomes and Options for Elementary and Middle Grades." Educational Administration Quarterly  41(2): 195-236.
  • Courtney, Mark E., Melissa Roderick, Cheryl Smithgall, Robert Gladden and Jenny Nagaoka. 2004. "The educational status of foster children."  Chicago, IL: Chapin Hall Center for Children Issue Brief. #102. 
  • Nagaoka, Jenny and Melissa Roderick. 2004. Ending Social Promotion in Chicago: The Academic Progress of Retained Students. Chicago, IL: Consortium on Chicago School Research. 
  • Jacob, Robin Tepper, Susan Stone, and Melissa Roderick. 2004. Ending Social Promotion in Chicago: The Response of Teachers, Students, and Parents. Chicago, IL: Consortium on Chicago School Research.
  • Roderick, Melissa, Brian Jacob, and Anthony S. Bryk. 2004. "Summer in the city: Achievement gains in Chicago’s Summer Bridge Program." In Summer Learning: Research, Policies and Programs, G.D. Borman and M. Boulay, eds. 73-102. Mahway, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Roderick, Melissa. 2003. "What's happening to the boys? Early high school experiences and school outcomes among African American male adolescents in Chicago." Urban Education 38(5): 538-607.
  • Roderick, Melissa, Miriam Engel, Jenny Nagaoka and Brian Jacob. 2003. Ending Social Promotion in Chicago: Results from Summer Bridge. Chicago, IL: Consortium on Chicago School Research.
  • Roderick, Melissa, Brian Jacob, and Anthony S. Bryk. 2003. "High Stakes Testing in Chicago: Effects on Achievement in Promotional Gate Grades." Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis 24: 333-358.
  • Roderick, Melissa, and Mimi Engel. 2001. "The Grasshopper and the Ant: Motivational Responses of Low Achieving Students to High Stakes Testing." Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis 3(23): 197-227.
  • Roderick, Melissa. 2001. "Educational trends and issues in the region, the state and the nation." In Education Policy for the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities in Standards-Based Reform, Lawrence B. Joseph, ed. A Chicago Assembly Book. Chicago, IL: University of Illinois Press.
  • Roderick, Melissa, Jenny Nagaoka, Jennifer Bacon, and John Q. Easton. 2000. Ending Social Promotion in Chicago: Passing, Retention, and Achievement Trends Among Promoted and Retained Students. Chicago, IL: Consortium on Chicago School Research.
  • Roderick, Melissa, Brian Jacob, and Anthony S. Bryk. 2000. "Evaluating Chicago’s efforts to end social promotion: Developing research designs and methodologies that take into account multiple levels of decision making and school and teacher effects." In The Empirical Study of Governance: Theory, Models and Methods, Lawrence Lynn et al, eds.
  • Easton, John Q., Todd Rosenkranz, Anthony S.Bryk, Brian Jacob, Stuart Luppescu, and Melissa Roderick. 2000. "Annual CPS Test Trend Review. Research data brief, Academic Productivity Series." Chicago, IL: Consortium on Chicago School Research.
  • Roderick, Melissa. 2000. "Education and Hispanic Americans: The Road Ahead." In Hispanics in the United States: An Agenda for the Twenty-First Century, Pastora Cafferty and David Engstrom, eds. New Jersey: Transactions Press.
  • Roderick, Melissa, Anthony S. Bryk, Brian Jacob, John Q. Easton, and Elaine Allensworth. 1999. Ending Social Promotion in Chicago: Results from the First Two Years. Chicago, IL: Consortium on Chicago School Research.
  • Roderick, Melissa and Eric Camburn. 1999. "Risk and recovery from course failure in the early years of high school." American Educational Research Journal 36(2): 303-344.
  • Easton, John Q, Brian Jacob, Stuart Luppescu, and Melissa Roderick. 1998. "Adjusting Citywide ITBS Scores for Student Retention in Grades Three, Six, and Eight." Research Data Brief. Chicago, IL: Consortium on Chicago School Research.
  • Roderick, Melissa and Susan Stone. 1998. Changing Standards, Changing Relationships: Building Family-School Relationships to Promote Achievement in High Schools. Chicago, IL: Consortium on Chicago School Research.
  • Roderick, Melissa, James Chiong, and Kneia DaCosta. 1998. First Follow Up Report, 11th grade outcomes. The Student Life in High Schools Project. Chicago, IL: The School of Social Service Administration, The University of Chicago.
  • Roderick, Melissa and Michael Arney. 1997. Habits Hard to Break: A New Look at Truancy in Chicago High Schools. Chicago, IL: Consortium on Chicago School Research
  • Roderick, Melissa. 1997. Review of Creating the Dropout: An Institutional and Social History of School Failure, Sherman Dorn. In Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 16(1): 188-192.
  • Roderick, Melissa and Eric Camburn. 1996. "Academic Difficulty during the High School Transition. Section III." In Charting Reform in Chicago: The Students Speak, Penny Bender Sebring, Anthony S. Bryk, Melissa Roderick and Eric Camburn. Chicago, IL: Consortium on Chicago School Research.
  • Roderick, Melissa and Douglas Novotny. 1994. "'Nothing I Expected It to Be': A Summary Report of Focus Groups and Students Essays on the Transition to High School." Chicago, IL: The School of Social Service Administration, The University of Chicago.
  • Roderick, Melissa. 1995. Grade Retention and School Dropout: The Policy Debate and Research Questions. Phi Delta Kappa Research Bulletin, 15. Bloomington, Indiana: Phi Delta Kappa Center for Education, Development, and Research.
  • Roderick, Melissa. 1995. "Grade Retention and School Dropout: Investigating the Association." American Educational Research Journal 31(4): 729-759.
  • Roderick, Melissa. 1995. "School Transitions and School Dropout." In Advances in Educational Policy, Kenneth Wong, ed. 135-185. Connecticut: JAI Press.
  • Roderick, Melissa. 1993. The Path to Dropping Out: Evidence for Intervention. Westport, CT: Auburn House, Greenwood Publishing Group.
  • Roderick, Melissa. 1991. The Path to Dropping Out Among Public School Youth: Middle School and Early High School Experiences. Dissertation Series # D-91-2. Cambridge, MA: Malcolm Weiner Center for Social Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
  • Folbre, Nancy R., Julia L. Leighton,and Melissa Roderick. 1986. "Legislation in Maine." In Deindustrialization and Plant Closure, Paul D. Staudohar and Holly E. Brown, eds. Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath and Co.