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RAND Promising Practices: Accelerated Academics Academy (AAA)

November 21, 2016

The Accelerated Academics Academy (AAA) was an alternative middle school established in the Flint Community Schools school district in Flint, Michigan. Funded and evaluated as part of the federally funded School Dropout Demonstration Assistance Program (SDDAP), it began its operations in 1991 and continued to provide services as of 2008. The primary goal of AAA was to accelerate instruction so that students who are behind one or more grade levels could enter high school with their same-age peers.
Building a Grad Nation: Progress & Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic - Annual Update 2012

November 21, 2016

The 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.
Building a Grad Nation: Progress & Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic - February 2013

November 21, 2016

The most comprehensive graduation research report of late found that for the first time the U.S. is on track to meet the national Grad Nation goal of a 90 percent high school graduation rate by the class of 2020. The national high school graduation rate increased 6.5 percentage points since 2001 with an average growth of 1.25 percentage points each year from 2006-2010 to 78.2. As a result of this acceleration more than 200,000 additional students received diplomas in 2010 than in 2006.
Every Child Every Promise: Turning Failure into Action

November 21, 2016

This report presents the first national research that comprehensively measures the presence of the essential resources -- the Five Promises -- that correlate with success in both youth and adulthood. The report clearly shows that we have much work to do as a nation. But it also shows how we can turn failure into action and improve the lives of young people at risk.
Make Every Day Count: Sending the Right Message about Attendance to Parents and Students

November 21, 2016

Whether you’re launching an attendance campaign, releasing chronic absence data or simply planning a back-to-school night, it’s important to convey the right message about attendance to the parents and students. Attendance messaging helps build a habit and a culture of attendance by helping everyone understand why going to school regularly matters and what they can do to ensure students are in school.
Tools for Calculating Chronic Absence

November 21, 2016

Attendance Works partnered with Applied Survey Research to develop a self-calculating spreadsheet for school districts called the District Attendance Tracking Tool or the DATT. The tool is especially effective for smaller districts with more limited data capacity. There is also a companion tool called the SATT or School Attendance Tracking Tool which provides school-level analysis down to the individual student level. The DATT and the SATT are good for school districts with K-5 enrollments of up to 65,000 students.
A Profile of the Evaluation of Ascend Summer Youth Program

November 21, 2016

The Ascend Summer Youth Program (ASYP) used technology-supported, project-based learning experiences to enable youth in Washington, DC, to create meaningful digital products in a supportive environment. ASYP integrated mentoring, workforce readiness, and project-based learning experiences with a paying job. In addition, program staff used information technology to address social, affective, cognitive, and academic outcomes necessary for youth’s success in postsecondary schooling and the workplace.
A Profile of the Evaluation of Bayview Safe Haven Program

November 21, 2016

The Bayview Safe Haven program (BVSH) is an after school program for at-risk youth ages 10–17. It is designed to help youth stay in school and out of the criminal justice system, while positioning them for responsible adulthood and improving the quality of life in their families and community. In a community with a dearth of programs for at-risk youth, BVSH is designed to provide a hub of structured activity and to serve as a central site where public and private collaborators can channel resources and services to the youth and families of San Francisco's Bayview/Hunter's Point neighborhood.
A Profile of the Evaluation of Grand Slam Program

November 21, 2016

The Grand Slam Program (GSP) is a joint program of the Athens Recreation and Parks Department, the Athens Police, and other area agencies to provide recreation opportunities for low-income youth (most of whom live in public housing) in Athens, Georgia, during high crime summer weekend evening periods. GSP’s mission is to offer recreational and educational activities for preteen and teenage youth based on the assumption that when youth have something constructive to do, they are less likely to engage in unlawful activities.