An Uncomfortable Truth: Too Many Young People Experience Fear Every Day In America

December 06, 2016

While the recent campaign and election moved fear to the forefront in a great many households, the uncomfortable truth is that for far too many young people in America fear for personal safety is an everyday occurrence.
What’s Working: To Increase Grad Rates, Increase the Number of Adults In Your Community

October 20, 2016

For every seven more adults in a neighborhood, there is one fewer young person who leaves school without graduating. That’s a major finding from a new Center for Promise study, Who’s Minding the Neighborhood? The Role of Adult Capacity in Keeping Young People on a Path to Graduation.
New Study Finds that for Every Seven More Adults in a Neighborhood, One Fewer Young Person Leaves School

October 10, 2016

The more adults in a community, the more young people stay on a path toward academic success, regardless of other factors that influence a young person’s educational trajectory, according to new research released today by the Center for Promise, the research institute of America’s Promise Alliance.
Five Reasons I’m Optimistic About the Class of 2020

September 08, 2016

I don’t have teenage kids any more, but I do have a special interest in the nearly 4 million kids who are just starting high school right now. Back in 2010, the GradNation campaign set a goal of 90 percent high school graduation by 2020, and we’ve made great progress since then, reaching an all-time high graduation rate of 82.3 percent. 
I’ve Interviewed Hundreds of “Dropouts.” Most Are Heartbreaking. This One is a Real Success Story.

October 28, 2015

America's Promise Alliance and the Center for Promise published a new study this fall, Don't Quit On Me: What Young People Who Left School Say About the Power of Relationships. Craig McClay, a lead researcher on the report, has spoken to hundreds of young people who left school before graduating about their experiences.
Study Identifies 10 Building Blocks for Youth Success

July 08, 2015

The research institute of America’s Promise Alliance –the Center for Promise - recently pinpointed ten building blocks, based on the review of twenty-five years of empirical research, that impact the likelihood of young people staying in school and graduating on time. With these ten assets, policymakers and practitioners can focus on interventions for young people that will help the country reach a graduation rate of 90 percent by 2020, according to the research brief.
When the Deck Seems Stacked, Helping Kids Beat the Odds

May 06, 2015

Where you live can determine where you’ll go. That’s the big take-away from a recent study conducted by economist and McArthur “genius” award winner Raj Chetty and his team at Harvard.
Don’t Call Them Dropouts: Our Partners Are Changing the Conversation

July 03, 2014

Six weeks have passed since America’s Promise Alliance releasedDon’t Call Them Dropouts. We are heartened to see so many friends, partners and allies joining us in this important conversation about how to support young people who have left school so that they can realize their potential as students, workers, and citizens. Here are just a few partners who are joining the conversation:

Type: Opinion

TAG: Grad Rate Data

promises: Caring Adults

campaigns & initiatives: Center for Promise, GradNation Campaign

What's In A Name?

June 10, 2014

It’s been more than 400 years since Shakespeare pondered that question in Romeo and Juliet, yet it continues to have an unexpected resonance in public education today. If you need proof, just take a look at “Don’t Call Them Dropouts,” a major new study from America’s Promise Alliance and its Center for Promise at Tufts University.
Mini-documentary brings to life voices of youth that power “Don’t Call Them Dropouts” report

May 23, 2014

Don't Call Them Dropouts isn’t only a research project. It is a story. It’s a story we have been eager to tell, and one that has been more than a year in the making. As a researcher, my job is to document, describe, and estimate what goes on in the world. But, not much analysis is needed when you can hear directly from young people what they need in life and what they can offer to themselves, their families, and their communities.