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2018 Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Raising High School Graduation Rates

2018 Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Raising High School Graduation Rates

The 2018 Building a Grad Nation report takes an in-depth look at the progress that was made between 2011 and 2016 in raising high school graduation rates and the state and district sources of those improvements, and identify where challenges remain. The report links improvements in high school graduation rates to the need to ensure […]

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Using Data and the Human Touch: Evaluating the NYC Inter-Agency Campaign to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism

Using Data and the Human Touch: Evaluating the NYC Inter-Agency Campaign to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism

Using Data and the Human Touch: Evaluating the NYC Inter-Agency Campaign to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism Robert Balfanz and Vaughan Byrnes February 9, 2018 Following a 2008 report that documented the extent of chronic absenteeism in New York City’s schools, the city organized an interagency task force to develop and implement a citywide effort to reduce chronic absenteeism. Given […]

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Portraits of Change: Aligning School and Community Resources to Reduce Chronic Absence

Portraits of Change: Aligning School and Community Resources to Reduce Chronic Absence

The Everyone Graduates Center and Attendance Works are pleased to partner on Portraits of Change: Aligning School and Community Resources to Reduce Chronic Absence. More than seven million students nationwide are chronically absent from school – missing so much school, for any reason, that they are academically at risk. Starting as early as preschool and kindergarten, chronic absence […]

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2017 Building a Grad Nation Report

2017 Building a Grad Nation Report

2017 BGN Exec Summary vFINAL The 2017 Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Graduation Rates report is co-authored by Jennifer DePaoli, John Bridgeland, Matthew Atwell, and Erin S. Ingram of Civic Enterprises and Robert Balfanz and his team at the Everyone Graduates Center at the Johns Hopkins University School of […]

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Closing the College Gap: A Roadmap to Postsecondary Readiness and Attainment

Closing the College Gap: A Roadmap to Postsecondary Readiness and Attainment

In just over a decade, the nation witnessed a 77 percent increase in associate degrees and a 51 percent increase in bachelor’s degrees – debunking the notion that high school completion is not leading to college completion, according to new research from Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at the Johns Hopkins University School of […]

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The Education of Omarina – The Story Continues

The Education of Omarina – The Story Continues

In PART THREE of The Education of Omarina, FRONTLINE continues the story they have been following since 2012. The story shows how an innovative program to stem the high school dropout crisis has affected one girl’s journey, from a public middle school in the Bronx to an elite New England private school, and now on to college. Watch part three […]

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Everyone Graduates Center Roadmap to Evidence Based Reform for Low Graduation Rate High Schools

Everyone Graduates Center Roadmap to Evidence Based Reform for  Low Graduation Rate High Schools

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that states and districts implement evidence based reform in low graduation rate high schools. Specifically, they are required to conduct needs assessments for high schools with graduation rates of 67% or less and then assemble a set of evidence based practices and reforms that address the identified needs […]

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Preventing Missed Opportunity: Taking Collective Action to Confront Chronic Absence

Preventing Missed Opportunity: Taking Collective Action to Confront Chronic Absence

Chronic absence is a national crisis that cannot be ignored. A day lost to school absenteeism is a day lost to learning. It is a challenge affecting learning in nearly every state. This brief, a partnering between Attendance Works and the Everyone Graduates Center, builds on the first national chronic absence data set from the U.S. […]

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2016 Building a Grad Nation Report

2016 Building a Grad Nation Report

The 2016 Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic report is co-authored by Jennifer DePaoli and John Bridgeland of Civic Enterprises and Robert Balfanz and his team at the Everyone Graduates Center at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. The 2016 report is presented by lead sponsor […]

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The White House Launches New National Effort and Ad Council Campaign to Eliminate Chronic Absenteeism and Drive Student Success

The White House Launches New National Effort and Ad Council Campaign to Eliminate Chronic Absenteeism and Drive Student Success

February 19, 2016, the White House and the U.S. Department of Education announced two groundbreaking campaigns to address and eliminate chronic student absenteeism in this country: the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Success Mentors Initiative — with 10 initial participating cities — and a multi-million dollar Ad Council campaign to engage parents on this critical issue. […]

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