Elaine Allensworth is the Lewis-Sebring Director of the Consortium on School Research, where she conducts studies on what matters for student success and school improvement. Her research on early indicators of high school graduation, particularly the study What Matters for Staying On-Track and Graduating, has been used to create student tracking systems used in Chicago and districts across the country. In addition to studying educational attainment, she conducts research in the areas of school leadership and school organization.
She is one of the authors of the book, Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago, which provides a detailed analysis of school practices and community conditions which promote school improvement. Dr. Allensworth frequently works with policymakers and practitioners to bridge research and practice, serving on panels, policy commissions, working groups, and review panels at the local, state, and national level. Allensworth is a contributor to Teaching in Context (Harvard Education Press: 2017) edited by Esther Quintero.