An analysis of student need, which finds that more than two-thirds of students in schools where TASC is working to implement
Expanded Learning Time show early warning signs of dropping out
A new strategy for benchmarking student results
A look at how school-community partner teams are using more learning hours to meet students’ needs
Early lessons learned
The Grad Tracker helps gauge students’ progress toward graduation by analyzing three categories of New York City Department of Education student and school data. They include grades and test scores, school attendance and incidence of school suspensions. The tracker also measures how many students in TASC ELT elementary and middle schools are on track to graduate; how many are closing in on that status; and how many are not on track to graduate, putting them at risk for dropping out.
The three benchmarks used to gauge whether students are on track to graduate include:
Proficiency in math and English as measured by standardized test scores and grades
Excellent school attendance
No incidence of school suspensions
As the students get older, the Grad Tracker benchmarks are adjusted. TASC has developed benchmarks for four age groups: Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 (middle school) and 9-to-12 (high school).
The After-School Corporation (TASC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving all kids opportunities to grow through after-school and summer activities that support, educate and inspire them. TASC’s vision is that kids from all backgrounds will have access to the range of high quality activities beyond the school day that every family wants for their children: experiences that support their intellectual, creative and healthy development and help them to be their best, in and out of school.
The 5 Promises represent conditions children need to achieve adult success. The collective work of the Alliance involves keeping these promises to America’s youth. This article relates to the promises highlighted below:
These six platform areas are based on the collective experience and expertise of individuals at organizations engaged with young people across the country, the experience of young people themselves, and our own research. The platform areas are a statement of best practice – they are what has been demonstrated to work to improve graduation outcomes for young people.: