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Building a Grad Nation 2014-2015 Update

Building a Grad Nation 2014-2015 Update

Too many students are trapped in failing schools or in communities of intergenerational poverty with too few ways out. This sixth annual report to the nation highlights the significant progress that has been made, but also the serious challenges that remain – closing gaping graduation gaps between various student populations; tackling the challenge in key […]

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Building a Grad Nation 2013-2014 Update

Building a Grad Nation 2013-2014 Update

This fifth annual update on America’s high school dropout crisis shows that, for the first time in history, the nation has crossed the 80 percent high school graduation rate threshold and remains on pace, for the second year in a row, to meet the goal of a 90 percent high school graduation rate by the […]

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New York City Finds Success in Cutting Chronic Absenteeism in School

New York City Finds Success in Cutting Chronic Absenteeism in School

Mentors, wake-up calls to students, incentives and weekly “student success” meetings led by principals helped New York City significantly cut chronic absenteeism in schools, according to a new report by the Everyone Graduates Center at The Johns Hopkins University School of Education. The report, “Meeting the Challenge of Combating Chronic Absenteeism,” examines the impact of […]

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Robert Balfanz named “Champion of Change” by White House

Robert Balfanz named “Champion of Change” by White House

Robert Balfanz, a senior research scientist at The Johns Hopkins University, is among 10 education leaders named White House “Champions of Change” for their commitment to furthering education among African Americans. See more information at the White House website. Robert Balfanz, a senior research scientist at The Johns Hopkins University, is among 10 education leaders […]

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How 9th-Grade Gridlock Keeps Boys out of College

How 9th-Grade Gridlock Keeps Boys out of College

The Chronicle of Higher Education | February 7, 2010 Colleges face a challenge to masculinity that bulging muscles, rumbling voices, and jacked-up pickup trucks won’t remedy. Despite the fact that men and women get equal salary bumps for earning a bachelor’s degree, far more women than men are getting the message. As a result, nearly […]

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Meeting the Nation’s Graduation Challenge

Meeting the Nation’s Graduation Challenge

Making Graduation Count Congressional Briefing  |  March 2009 How Close is the Nation to Graduating All its High School Students? Nation’s Graduation Rate is currently about 74% Currently there is about a 20 point gap between White Students (80%) and African American and Latino Students (60%) Need to say “about” because still do not have […]

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What Your Community Can Do to End Its Dropout Crisis

What Your Community Can Do to End Its Dropout Crisis

This is a resource guide that synthesizes what has been learned over the past decade about keeping students on the graduation path. It highlights the importance of four key transition points the early years of schooling, the transition to the middle grades, the transition to high school, and the transition to college and careers. It […]

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Preventing Student Disengagement

Preventing Student Disengagement

This article considers the practical, conceptual, and empirical foundations of an early identification and intervention system for middle-grades schools to combat student disengagement and increase graduation rates in our nation’s cities. Many students in urban schools become disengaged at the start of the middle grades, which greatly reduces the odds that they will eventually graduate. […]

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The Graduation Rate Crisis We Know and What Can be Done About It

The Graduation Rate Crisis We Know and What Can be Done About It

Education Week Commentary | July 12, 2006 The debate over how best to measure the nation’s Graduation Rate is important. We need to know who graduates and who does not. Yet in the midst of questions about measurement and data quality we must not lose sight of what lies plainly before us and is loudly […]

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Locating the Dropout Crisis

Locating the Dropout Crisis

Approximately 15% of the nation’s high schools produce more than half of its dropouts and close to 75% of its minority dropouts. Half of these schools are found primarily in the cities of the North, Midwest, and West. The other half are found throughout the South and Southwest in urban, suburban, and rural areas. Imagine […]

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