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  • Who’s Minding the Neighborhood?

    Oct 4, 2016Does the presence of more adults in a community result in more young people on a path to graduation and adult success? That's the question Center for Promise researchers explore in this research brief. Using Decennial Census data (1970-2010), researchers examined the ratio of adults (age 25+) to school-aged youth (age 6 to 17) in a zip code to understand whether the number of adults affects the status dropout rate; or the number of young people who leave school before graduating. The researchers use a community's adult-to-youth ratio as a proxy for determining a community's "adult capacity." The research suggests that the adult capacity in a neighborhood is implicated in the likelihood that a young person will stay in school or leave. Using the data to compare neighborhoods within a city may uncover disparities in adult capacity that can support the efforts of activists and leaders in the public, private and nonprofit sectors as they work to meet the needs of young people.
  • 2016 Building a Grad Nation Report

    May 9, 2016Written annually by Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, and released in partnership with America’s Promise Alliance and the Alliance for Excellent Education, this report examines the progress and challenges the nation faces in reaching the GradNation goal of a national on-time graduation rate of 90 percent by the Class of 2020.
  • Blended Learning Offers Promise as a Strategy for Re-engaging Students

    Apr 7, 2016Many young people who left school without graduating need flexibility, personalization and support to re-engage. Blended learning—education programs that combine in-person and online instruction and support—has emerged as a potentially promising practice to meet the needs of young adults looking for a viable on-ramp to a high school credential and a pathway to postsecondary education and the workforce. This research was conducted by the Center for Promise, the research institute for America’s Promise Alliance, and funded by Penn Foster.
  • Don't Quit on Me

    Sep 16, 2015This report examines, from the perspective of young people themselves, the roles that relationships with adults and peers play in decisions about staying in, leaving and returning to high school. Building on previous studies, including last year’s Don’t Call Them Dropouts, this report offers new insights about how support from adults and peers can help to close the remaining gaps between those who graduate from high school on time and those who don’t. “We know a great deal from previous research on youth development that relationships are instrumental in helping young people stay in school,” said Jonathan Zaff, PhD, the report’s lead author and executive director of the Center for Promise. “But now we need to know more about how, when and why these relationships matter and what it takes to make the right support available at the right time for young people who are not graduating on time. That’s what we set out to learn.” The title, “Don’t Quit on Me,” echoes the many young people who expressed gratitude to those who didn’t give up on them and represents a call to action for caring adults. We can’t quit on young people dealing with tremendous adversity, especially now that we know how powerful relationships are in engaging and re-engaging young people in education.
  • Expanded Learning, Expanded Opportunity

    Jul 8, 2015With support from the Ford Foundation, America's Promise Alliance looked in Grand Rapids, Mich.; Louisville, Ky.; Memphis, Tenn. and Rochester, N.Y. to see how time spent out of the classroom improved outcomes for students in low-income neighborhoods and low-performing schools. Just as different names are used for the same concept in different communities; expanded learning, extended learning or out-of-school-time opportunities; there is no typical approach to effective programs. The report highlights the challenges, successes, variation and innovation present in each community profiled in the report.
  • Don't Call Them Dropouts

    May 20, 2014“Don’t Call Them Dropouts,” a report by America’s Promise Alliance based on research conducted by its Center for Promise at Tufts University, was funded by Target. In the largest nationwide study of its kind to date, young adults who left high school without graduating spoke at length about their experiences and the reasons they did not complete high school on time. As the nation reaches the all-time high of an 80 percent on-time high school graduation rate, this report listens deeply to what the remaining 20 percent say is happening in their lives, and what they need to stay in school. Their answers defy some common beliefs about why they do not graduate on time, while giving deeper meaning to others. The researchers began with in-depth interviews with more than 200 young people who had not graduated from high school, and then conducted a quantitative survey of more than 2,000 young adults ages 18-25 who did not complete high school on time. In addition, 1,000 students who graduated on time were surveyed.
  • Building a GradNation Report 2014

    Apr 28, 2014This 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 gradua- tion rate by the Class of 2020. After the nation witnessed flat-lining high school graduation rates for three decades, rates have risen about 10 percentage points over the last 10 years. Improvements have been driven by dramatic gains in graduation rates among Hispanic and African American students. But it is in those same populations that some of the greatest challenges remain. 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 Class of 2020. This report highlights key developments in the effort to boost high school graduation rates during the past de- cade. It also outlines what it will take to get to 90 percent and identifies five critical areas – closing the opportunity gap between low-income students and their middle-to- high-income peers; solving the big city challenge; improv- ing outcomes for students with disabilities; focusing on California; and boosting graduation rates for young men of color in key states – to help the nation reach its goal.
  • Parent Engagement Webinar - Part Two

    Jan 22, 2014In Fall 2012, America’s Promise Alliance hosted a parent engagement training in Washington, DC and invited the Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) to provide the technical assistance. The convening was an added benefit to Grad Nation Communities that competed for a mini grant to host parent engagement meetings in their local community. Following the DC training, America's Promise invited HFRP to co-host a webinar about the concepts they presented during the training around strategic thinking and planning. During the webinar, the group summarized the theories for “Design Thinking, Ideating and Implementation” in an effort to help CBOs, schools and other youth serving organizations think about how to approach and involve the community when designing programs that impact them. Two Grad Nation Communities also co-presented on this webinar. They discussed what they learned and how the training helped them to better engage parents and the larger community as they move to implement their parent engagement initiatives.
  • Parent Engagement Webinar - Part One

    Jan 22, 2014Dr. Joyce Epstein, Founder of the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) at Johns Hopkins University kicked off the first parent engagement webinar in a two-part series on June 14. Dr. Epstein highlighted and dissected the America’s Promise Alliance “Four A’s Framework for Parent Engagement” (Attendance, Attainment, Achievement and Advocacy) by sharing what the NNPS has learned in over 20 years of research-based approaches to organize and sustain excellent programs of family and community involvement increasing student success in school. NNPS aims to increase knowledge of new concepts and strategies; use research results to develop tools and materials that will improve policy and practice; provide professional development conferences and workshops; share best practices of parental involvement and community connections; and recognize excellent partnership programs at the school, district, organization, and state levels.
  • High School Graduation Facts: Ending the Dropout Crisis

    Jan 22, 2014This fact sheet presents the most recent data on high school graduation rates in the United States.