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Get Involved in the Fight Against Chronic Absence

August 21, 2018

When students aren’t in school, they miss out on important developmental and educational opportunities. For Attendance Awareness Month this September, advocates encourage communities across the country to band together to fight chronic absence.
2018 Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Raising High School Graduation Rates

June 05, 2018

Authored by Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, and released annually in partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education and America’s Promise Alliance, the Building a Grad Nation report examines both progress and challenges toward reaching the GradNation campaign goal of a national on-time graduation rate of 90 percent. AT&T, lead sponsor, has supported the report series since its inception through AT&T Aspire, the company’s $400 million commitment since 2008 to graduate more students from high school ready for college and career.…
What’s Working: Four Factors Fueling the Rise of Graduation Rates

March 22, 2018

In September 2017, the GradNation campaign released the Acceleration Grant opportunity to fund state- and community-level proposals poised to graduate students who are currently less likely to graduate from high school. Out of 106 applications, we were encouraged to see that communities and states are using these four factors to inform their work.
What’s Working: Four Ways Policymakers Can Use Data to Improve Schools

July 26, 2017

Along with spotlighting states that can serve as examples to the rest of the country, Time to Act 2017: Put Data in the Hands of the People challenges leaders in education agencies, state boards, legislatures, and governors to prioritize the effective use of data in the following four ways.
What’s Working: In Chicago, Smart Use of Data Works to Get More Young People ‘To&Through’ College

March 13, 2017

This article is part of the “What’s Working” series, which highlights promising practices for helping to close the graduation gap in communities and states across the country. When Gregory Jones took over in 2012 as principal of Kenwood Academy, an 1800-student high school on Chicago’s south side, its students were completing high school at a higher rate than the citywide average—yet almost a third of them were failing to graduate.