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Why Pathways Matter

May 17, 2018

When America’s Promise talks about pathways, we’re often talking about the experiences, programs, or initiatives that help prepare young people for life after high school—often while they’re still in it. Since pathways are a key part of our GradNation Action Platform, and because it’s a term we use quite a lot, we think it’s worth exploring a little more.
New Reports Reveal Extreme Discipline Disparities for Students with Disabilities

April 30, 2018

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.
Our National and Moral Responsibility to Young People

April 18, 2018

Adults often complain that kids today don't respect their elders. But what happens when it's the other way around? What if young people are the ones who are not getting the respect and dignity they need to be successful in school and life?
What’s Working: How Arizona Helps Young People Reconnect to School and Work

April 05, 2018

A new report from the Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable projects that high school non-completion and disconnected youth will cost the state upwards of $100 billion. Here’s how three Arizona communities are keeping young people on track towards completion, connection, and prosperity.
Food for thought: Students’ test scores rise a few weeks after families get food stamps

March 27, 2018

Families receiving food stamps get their benefits once a month. A few weeks later, kids’ test scores tick up. The pattern, revealed by a new study of thousands of North Carolina families, suggests that the additional access to healthy food helps students do better in school.
Youth Voice: The Hidden Practice Pushing Students Out of School

February 28, 2018

Much has been written about the problems with zero-tolerance discipline policies, but there’s another practice in Minnesota that contributes to school pushout without the attention: suspending or expelling students for “discretionary violations.” Under Minnesota Law, educators can dismiss youth if the “willful conduct...significantly disrupts the rights of others to an education.” There are a few major problems with this.
When Youth Feel Unsafe: Brief Insights on the Cognitive and Academic Effects of Exposure to Violence

February 22, 2018

This Point of View brief from the Center for Promise provides research insights on a particularly timely topic - violence in America's schools - that is impacting young people in America. Learn more about this topic by reading this brief
How States Are Leading for Equity

February 22, 2018

What can states do to ensure that every student receives an effective education? What does a real commitment to equity look like? A panel of experts tackled these questions in their discussion of a new report, States Leading for Equity: Promising Practices Advancing the Equity Commitments. Here are the takeaways.
America’s Promise Alliance and AT&T Announce GradNation Acceleration Grant Recipients in Five States

February 06, 2018

America’s Promise Alliance, with generous support from AT&T, announced today the selection of five states and communities as GradNation Acceleration Grant recipients, as part of the GradNation campaign to raise the high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020. The chosen grantees represent programs whose efforts are focused on accelerating progress for more young people to high school graduation and post-secondary success.
How One School Came to Be at the Center of the Grad Rate Debate

February 01, 2018

If you work in any field even remotely related to education, odds are you’ve come across a headline about D.C.’s Ballou High School at some point in the past few months. Here’s a quick rundown and reminder of everything we know so far.