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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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Want To Make A School Better?

Want To Make A School Better?

Bob Balfanz cites chronic absenteeism as “the biggest thing in school improvement that people have not paid attention to” on NPR’s Morning Edition. Click here to listen to the NPR broadcast, “Want to Make A School Better? Get Kids to Show Up”

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Every Student, Every Day

Every Student, Every Day

Every Student, Every Day: A Virtual Summit on Addressing and Eliminating Chronic Absence. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Attendance Works, Everybody Graduates Center and United Way Worldwide, this online summit outlines key steps that states, districts and communities can take to improve student achievement by monitoring and reducing chronic absence. Click here to […]

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2015 Building a Grad Nation Report

2015 Building a Grad Nation Report

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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A Rising Tide of Graduation Rates

A Rising Tide of Graduation Rates

John Bridgeland, former Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council & CEO of Civic Enterprises, and Robert Balfanz, Director of the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, are co-authors of an Executive Brief on high school graduation rates and trends. The pair authored an op/ed on Huffington Post Education March 17, 2015. Recent […]

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Building a Grad Nation 2015 Executive Brief

Building a Grad Nation 2015 Executive Brief

The Building a Grad Nation Executive Brief highlights the national high school graduation rate trends, depicting the progress being made across states and student subgroups. The brief also provides evidence of the benefits gained by earning a high school diploma, underscoring the significance of getting students to and through this critical juncture. The Executive Brief is […]

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Fixing No Child Left Behind: Innovation to Better Meet the Needs of Students (Roundtable)

Fixing No Child Left Behind: Innovation to Better Meet the Needs of Students (Roundtable)

Dr. Robert Balfanz testified before the US Senate HELP Committee on February 3, 2015. The hearing was a roundtable on Fixing No Child Left Behind: Innovation to Better Meet the Needs of Students. The hearing was live streamed via the HELP website. It can be found here. Read a transcript of Dr. Balfanz’ testimony, available […]

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