As I have watched the news about the separation of families at the border, I can't help but think that this is a story that could have been my own. My parents both came to the United States as teenagers. My mom left El Salvador when she was 15 for the same reason most immigrants come to the United States—the American dream.
In 2001, the national high school graduation rate stood at 71 percent. Today, no state in the nation has a high school graduation rate below that number, according to the latest Building a Grad Nation report.
I was diagnosed during my sophomore year of high school with dyscalculia, a disorder that prohibits those who have it from understanding arithmetic. The discovery of my disability was both a blessing and a curse. A blessing, because I finally knew why I never matched up with my peers in math classes. A curse, because my high school is focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In 2001, the national high school graduation rate stood at 71 percent. Fifteen years later – and for the first time ever, no state in the nation has a high school graduation rate below 71 percent and there are now 39 states above 80 percent, a major milestone toward reaching the country’s goal of a 90 percent graduation rate, according to the latest Building a Grad Nation report.
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.…
TAG: Grad Rate Data, Using Data, Special Populations, Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Students with Disabilities, Homeless Youth, English Learners, Low-Income
promises: Effective Education, Caring Adults, A Healthy Start, Safe Places, Opportunities to Help Others
SOURCE: Civic Enterprises, America's Promise Alliance, Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, Alliance for Excellent Education
campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign
Action Platform: High Quality Data
Importantly, the Alliance for Excellent Education maps the positive impacts that a 90 percent high school graduation rate would have on local economies, breaking the data down by state, metropolitan area, and demographic group so that it can be useful for local community leaders, policymakers, educators and parents.
As Autism Awareness Month comes to a close, three new reports show that students with disabilities are subjected to school discipline at severely disproportionate rates, resulting in chronic exclusion and lost learning opportunities.
"Parents are their children’s first teacher,” NAZ President and CEO Sondra Samuels says. “An army of empowered parents are also the fuel needed to put pressure on systems to remove barriers to their families’ overall success and their children’s academic and life success."
TAG: Career Pathways, Early Childhood, Using Data, Family Engagement, Youth Involvement, College and Career Readiness, Low-Income
promises: Effective Education, Safe Places, Caring Adults, A Healthy Start, Opportunities to Help Others
For the second year in a row, the United States remains off pace to reach a 90 percent on-time high school graduation rate by 2020, according to the 2017 Building a Grad Nation report.
How can we take what’s been learned and accelerate progress for young people in America, especially for those young people who are most vulnerable? How can we create the conditions for success for more young people, more quickly? To answer these questions, America’s Promise reviewed research about what’s changed in the past 20 years in young people’s lives and in our understanding of youth development. We surveyed our network, spoke with young people, and interviewed more than 200 people representing nonprofits, corporations, foundations, research and policy entities, educational institutions…
TAG: Early Childhood, Special Populations, Black/African-American, English Learners, Recommit2Kids
promises: Caring Adults, Effective Education, Safe Places, A Healthy Start, Opportunities to Help Others
channels: Family Engagement, Re-engaging Youth, Youth Involvement
SOURCE: America's Promise Alliance