• 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.
  • Dropout Crisis Facts

    Jan 22, 2014This fact sheet presents the most recent data on high school graduation rates in the United States.
  • Count Us In! Attendance Awareness Month Webinar Recording

    Apr 9, 2013This webinar, held on April 9, 2013, highlighted leaders in three cities – Baltimore, Los Angeles and New York – who have rallied parents, schools, city agencies, nonprofits, businesses and elected officials in their communities to promote and improve student attendance. These leaders shared examples of how they have improved attendance and have given thousands of students a greater opportunity to learn and succeed. The webinar also featured specific tactics, as well as a set of online resources, to help you reach out to your community about Attendance Awareness Month (September), including ideas for special events, contests, proclamations, sample news releases, public service announcements, flyers, videos and more.
  • Cities In Crisis 2009: Closing the Graduation Gap

    Jan 22, 2014Cities in Crisis 2009: Closing the Graduation Gap was prepared for America’s Promise Alliance by the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center in 2009. The report shows that despite some progress made by several cities from 1995-2005, the average graduation rate of the 50 largest cities is well below the national average of 71 percent, and there remains an 18 percentage point urban suburban gap. Cities in Crisis 2009 also finds that only about half (53 percent) of all young people in the nation’s 50 largest cities are graduating from high school on time. The report was released as a follow-up to the original Cities in Crisis report released in April 2008.
  • Cities in Crisis 2008: A Special Analytic Report on High School Graduation

    Jan 22, 2014This report, commissioned in 2008, finds that only about half of all students served by the main school systems in the nation's 50 largest cities graduate from high school. Cities in Crisis: A Special Analytic Report on High School Graduation was released by America’s Promise Alliance and prepared by Editorial Projects in Education Research Center. It further reveals that in the metropolitan areas surrounding 35 of the nation’s largest cities, graduation rates in urban schools were lower than those in nearby suburban communities. In several instances, the disparity between urban-suburban graduation rates was more than 35 percentage points.
  • Building a Grad Nation: Progress & Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic - November 2010

    Jan 16, 2014With one in four U.S. public school students dropping out of high school before graduation, America continues to face a dropout epidemic. This report was released November 30, 2010 by America’s Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, shows that we can end the dropout epidemic, even in schools from lower-income, urban and rural districts that many previously thought were hopeless. The report is supported by lead sponsor Target, and includes additional sponsorship from AT&T and Pearson Foundation.
  • Building a Grad Nation: Progress & Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic - Annual Update 2012

    Jan 15, 2014The nation continues to make progress to end the dropout crisis, according this report released by Civic Enterprises, the Everyone Graduates Center, America’s Promise Alliance and the Alliance for Excellent Education. The report found that 24 states increased their high school graduation rates by modest to large gains, while the number of high schools graduating 60 percent or fewer students on time—often referred to as “dropout factories”— decreased by 457 between 2002 and 2010, with the rate of decline accelerating since 2008. The number of “dropout factories” totaled 1,550 in 2010, down from 1,634 in 2009 and a high of 2,007 in 2002. The number declined by 84 between 2009 and 2010. As a result, 790,000 fewer students attended dropout factories in 2010 than 2002.

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