America’s Promise Alliance launched the GradNation campaign in 2010, building on 105 dropout prevention summits we 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.
This year, for the first time in the country's history, the national on-time high school graduation rate surpassed 80 percent. This figure is an important landmark on the road to fulfilling one of the GradNation campaign's goals: a 90 percent nationwide rate by the Class of 2020, with no school graduating fewer than 80 percent of its students on time. GradNation also aims for dramatic increases in postsecondary enrollment and graduation.
These goals reflect our commitment to providing the fundamental resources that children and youth need to thrive throughout the full continuum of their development. At the heart of this effort are the Five Promises: Caring Adults, Safe Places, A Healthy Start, Effective Education, and Opportunities to Make a Difference.
Each year, hundreds of youth advocates, educators, policymakers, business leaders, young people and representatives of the GradNation Communities Network come together at the Building a GradNation Summit to share progress, discover what's working, and inspire even greater action. The Summit is the premier event of the GradNation campaign to raise graduation rates to 90 percent by 2020, and dramatically increase postsecondary enrollment and graduation.
America’s Promise Alliance is working with local partners across the country to convene 100 GradNation Community Summits across the country through 2016. The GradNation Community Summits will accelerate progress towards reaching the GradNation campaign goals by fueling collaborative action to increase high school graduation rates.
The GradNation State Activation initiative is a collaboration between America’s Promise Alliance and Pearson working to increase high school graduation rates to 90 percent.