Our increasingly knowledge-driven world demands people who have the education and skills to thrive in a competitive marketplace, and to understand the increasingly complex world in which they live. That means that in order to compete and succeed, all young people will need an effective education that prepares them for work and life.

Increasingly, education through and beyond high school represent the only clear path to the achieve American Dream.   Already, the vast majority of jobs in the United States are available only to high school graduates. By 2020, nearly 90 percent of all jobs will require at least a high school diploma, and two-thirds of jobs will require some form of postsecondary education.

America’s Promise is focused on dramatically increasing high school graduation rates – our GradNation campaign.  A high school diploma is by no means a guarantee of success, but failure to complete high school is a devastatingly accurate predictor of lifelong struggle and unrealized human potential.     

To keep young Americans on track to attaining the education they will need throughout their lives, they need quality early childhood education, the ability to read at grade level at critical junctures such as the third grade, and an education that instills critical thinking and problem-solving skills, such as the college and career readiness standards. This preparation will make more of them college-ready, which is increasingly important each year. Two-thirds of all jobs will require some form of postsecondary education by the time today’s middle school students enter the job market. 

Clearly, a high school diploma is a crucial threshold that young Americans must cross if they want any real shot at prosperous, thriving adulthood. If birth is life’s starting line, then high school graduation is life’s second starting line for success.

 

Resources

Building Systems of Integrated Student Support
April 08, 2019

Learning is not just academic; it’s social and emotional. The systems that come together to support young people’s learning and development include schools, community organizations, businesses, out-of-school service providers, and municipal and state agencies. But these systems are at times siloed…

Source: Boston College Center for Optimized Student SupportCenter for Promise
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March 12, 2019

A growing movement dedicated to the social, emotional, and academic well-being of children is reshaping learning and changing lives across America. On the strength of its remarkable consensus, a nation at risk is finally a nation at hope. Find out more and get involved.

Source: National Commision on Social, Emotional, & Academic Development
Girl jumping on a rocket
January 31, 2019

Using Policy to Create Healthy Schools provides state-by-state and issue-specific analyses of how state laws address the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model

Source: Child Trends
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January 31, 2019

This brief introduces a Trauma-Informed Policy Framework to Create Supportive Learning Environments to help state officials create supportive learning environments that meet the needs of students ...

Source: Child Trends
I'm Going Back: Re-Engagement Experiences of Tucson Youth Cover Image
January 29, 2019

I'm Going Back: The Re-Engagement Experiences of Tucson Youth was authored by Shannon Varga, Max Margolius, Catalina Tang Yan, Anna Skubel, Marissa L. Cole, and Jonathan F. Zaff, at the Center for Promise. This research is part of GradNation State Activation, an initiative of the GradNation…

Source: America's Promise AlliancePearsonCenter for Promise
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January 15, 2019

Policymakers increasingly recognize that social and emotional development plays a critical role in students’ ability to learn, and are enacting policies to encourage the integration of social and emotional learning (SEL) into school curricula.

Source: Child Trends