Program Outcomes

While recognizing that education is a vast issue area and could take on a myriad of strategies to help children succeed academically,  our Program Officers analyze the following outcomes, which were informed by feedback from direct service providers and issue area experts, as a sign of quality services.
The list below is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all outcomes tracked by service providers however are important factors used to evaluate a grant application.
  • Maintain or increase grade point average
  • Increase grade promotion/graduation
  • Increase in school attendance
  • Decrease in percentage of unexcused absences as a result of program participation
  • Increase in reading letter grade gains and reading levels
  • Increase in percentage of students persisting through college

For more information on our Child and Youth Education issue area, please contact Arianna Cisneros.

Supports nonprofit organizations that help students from low income families successfully transition through key stages in their academic career, enter and persist through post-secondary programs.

The supported key stages include: K-3rd grade reading proficiency, Middle-to-High School Transition, Postsecondary Access, and Postsecondary Persistence.
Eligible services include academic tutoring, college preparation/entrance assistance, college persistence support, college entrance test preparation, truancy/drop-out prevention and K-3 children's literacy programs.

Priority is given to programs tracking student academic performance. Programs providing support to enhance the education system are also considered.
System Support: supporting an agency's ability to affect systemic change by promoting policies that bring additional resources to a sector and/or leading coordinated planning initiatives shared by multiple stakeholders.



Robert R. McCormick Foundation
205 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 4300
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 312 445 5000
Fax: 312 445 5001