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GradNation Campaign Sends Letter to Congress on Issue of Graduation Rate Accountability

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WASHINGTONOn behalf of the GradNation campaign, America’s Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, Everyone Graduates Center and Alliance for Excellent Education, recently sent a coalition letter to Congress urging lawmakers to support continued effective high school graduation rate accountability for states, districts and schools in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization.  

The letter to Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) of the U.S. Senate HELP Committee says that states are “required to set goals to improve graduation rates and annual targets to hold districts and schools accountable for graduating more of their students each year.  For schools and districts to make continued progress, they must meet or exceed the state’s graduation rate goal or demonstrate continuous and substantial improvement from the prior year toward meeting that goal. These regulations have been essential to improvements in high school graduation rates, and we support their continued use in the reauthorization of ESEA
GradNation is a campaign that answers the call by the last four American presidents to achieve a national goal of a 90 percent on-time high school graduation rate. With the latest national graduation rate now standing at 81 percent – the highest ever – the GradNation campaign continues to make progress toward reaching that goal by 2020.  

As a result of the increase in graduation rates over the past decade, nearly two million additional young people have high school diplomas than there would be if our graduation rate had not improved thanks to organizations, communities, schools and individuals putting forth a concerted effort.

In early May, the GradNation campaign will release its 2015 “Building a GradNation” report, providing a more in depth analysis of the latest graduation data and the key drivers for success.  The annual report – now in its sixth year - is authored by Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Education in partnership with America’s Promise Alliance and the Alliance for Excellent Education.  The lead sponsor is AT&T with supporting sponsorship from Target.

Building on 105 dropout prevention summits convened across the country to raise awareness and inspire action, GradNation is now a large and growing movement of dedicated individuals, organizations and communities working together to raise graduation rates and prepare all students for success.

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About America’s Promise Alliance

Founded in 1997 at the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future, America’s Promise leads an alliance of organizations, communities and individuals dedicated to fulfilling the presidential declaration signed on that day calling upon the nation to keep five crucial promises to every young person in America: the presence of caring adults in their lives; safe surroundings to live, learn and grown; healthy starts and healthy childhoods; an effective education that builds marketable skills; and opportunities to serve others.  As its signature effort, the GradNation campaign mobilizes Americans to increase the on-time high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020 and prepare young people for postsecondary enrollment and the 21st century workforce. For more information, visit 

NOTE:  The GradNation campaign is a bipartisan effort.  The coalition letter does not endorse any legislation.