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Implementing Ninth Grade Academies in Broward County, Florida

Implementing Ninth Grade Academies in Broward County, Florida

With funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, researchers from MDRC and Johns Hopkins University partnered with Florida’s Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) in 2009 to launch an independent evaluation of the district’s initiative to implement Ninth Grade Academies (NGAs) in every district high school. An NGA is a self-contained learning […]

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Grad Nation Community Guidebook provides roadmap for communities and states

Grad Nation Community Guidebook provides roadmap for communities and states

America’s Promise Alliance (America’s Promise) has updated the Grad Nation Community Guidebook, a research-based toolkit for communities working to raise graduation rates and better support children and youth from birth through college. Created in collaboration with Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education, the Community Guidebook offers approaches […]

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2013 Building a Grad Nation Report

2013 Building a Grad Nation Report

This fourth annual update on America’s high school dropout crisis shows that for the first time the nation is on track to meet the goal of a 90 percent high school graduation rate by the Class of 2020—if the pace of improvement from 2006 to 2010 is sustained over the next 10 years. The greatest […]

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Overcoming the Poverty Challenge to Enable College and Career Readiness for All: The Crucial Role of Student Supports

Overcoming the Poverty Challenge to Enable College and Career Readiness for All: The Crucial Role of Student Supports

This white paper focuses on an important and under-conceptualized thread in the weave of efforts needed to ensure that all students graduate from high school prepared for college and/or career training: enhanced student supports. It argues that in order to overcome the educational impacts of poverty – the poverty challenge, schools that serve high concentrations […]

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The Academic Impacts of Career and Technical Schools: A Case Study of a Large Urban School District

The Academic Impacts of Career and Technical Schools: A Case Study of a Large Urban School District

With growing public recognition that too many students in the United States fail to complete high school and that those who do graduate often are inadequately prepared for success in postsecondary education and the workforce, policymakers and education leaders are turning their attention afresh to the American high school. Within the past decade, public investments […]

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Predicting High School Outcomes in the Baltimore City Public Schools

Predicting High School Outcomes in the Baltimore City Public Schools

This study of high school outcomes in the Baltimore City Public Schools builds on substantial prior research on the early warning indicators of dropping out. It sought to investigate whether the same variables that predicted a non-graduation outcome in other urban districts— attendance, behavior problems, and course failure – were also significant predictors of non-graduation […]

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The Importance of Being in School: A Report on Absenteeism in the Nation’s Public Schools

The Importance of Being in School: A Report on Absenteeism in the Nation’s Public Schools

America’s education system is based on the assumption that barring illness or an extraordinary event, students are in class every weekday. So strong is this assumption that it is not even measured. Indeed, it is the rare state education department, school district or principal that can tell you how many students have missed 10 percent […]

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Learning What it Takes

Learning What it Takes

Growing alarm over high dropout rates has created a groundswell of interest in ways to identify and respond to the needs of students at risk of falling off the graduation path. Groundbreaking research finds a substantial percentage of eventual dropouts can be identified at key transition points (sixth and ninth grades) using attendance, behavior, and […]

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2012 Building a Grad Nation Report

2012 Building a Grad Nation Report

Although some states and school districts show that the dropout crisis can be solved, other states and districts are lagging, with 10 states having lower high school graduation rates recently compared to earlier in the decade. The pace across the country must be accelerated more than three-fold to meet the national goal of a 90 […]

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On Track for Success: The Use of Early Warning Indicator and Intervention Systems to Build a Grad Nation

On Track for Success: The Use of Early Warning Indicator and Intervention Systems to Build a Grad Nation

Early Warning Indicator and Intervention Systems (EWS) are an evolving strategic response to one of our nation’s most pressing challenges: enabling all students to stay on track to graduate from high school ready for college and career. In an era of data-driven education reform, EWS are at the cutting edge. Their rapid development is a […]

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