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United Way resource helps identify school feeder patterns


The path to dropout starts early. So the earlier a struggling student is identified, ideally before they enter high school, the better the chances in shifting the odds for success in school, work and life. But that identification must be based on the right data. One effective starting point is identifying the middle and elementary schools that “feed” into the lowest-performing high schools.

Alliance partner United Way Worldwide and Grad Nation convening partners Civic Enterprises, and Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University have developed a guide to help identify school feeder patterns and help communities begin the critical discussion on using that data to boost graduation rates. 

Solving the High School Graduation Crisis: Identifying and Using School Feeder Patterns in Your Community, can help you and your community partners: understand the graduation crisis and effectively convey the rationale for identifying and using school feeder pattern data; understand your community’s education landscape; find out where to access key education national, state, and local information and data; know how graduation rates are calculated and determine your community’s graduation rates; identify feeder school patterns in your community; and use school feeder pattern data for greater impact in your community.