Dropout rates have ticked up in some states. How big is the problem?

March 13, 2023

Colorado, Michigan, Illinois, and several other states reported jumps in their dropout rates this past year. This month, North Carolina officials said that the state’s dropout numbers were 17% higher than pre-pandemic. Read the full article here.

Opinion: Schools can know and reach each student

Star Tribune
March 6, 2023

As school principals, we’ve seen firsthand the heavy toll the last few years have taken on Minnesota’s students and educators. There’s a tremendous need right now to support students academically, socially, and emotionally — not through piecemeal solutions but through investments in strategies proven to work here in Minnesota. Read the full article here.

GRAD Partnership Rural School Spotlight: Burney Falls, CA

Rural Schools Collaborative
Dec. 13, 2022

As part of the national GRAD Partnership for Student Success, Rural Schools Collaborative is pleased to highlight 20 schools who are implementing student success systems as part of a rural and small school cohort project. This feature comes from Burney Falls, CA, and is supported by RSC’s Northern California Regional Hub partners at North State Together. Read the full article here.

OPINION: U.S. high schools must take note and take action after dismal NAEP score report

By Robert Balfanz, director of the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins School of Education, and Angela Jerabek, founder and executive director of the BARR Center

Hechinger Report
Oct. 28, 2022

New data released this week from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, known as the “nation’s report card,” should raise the alarm for America’s high schools. While scores declined across the board, eighth grade students showed the most stunning drops — underscoring the urgent task ahead for high schools charged with helping students get back on track.

In both math and reading, scores declined to levels unseen in the last two decades. The drops were particularly sharp in math, where just 26 percent of eighth grade students were deemed “proficient.” Read the full article on the Hechinger Report website.

Manzano Named GRAD Partnership Spotlight School

Oct. 19, 2022

The GRAD Partnership is a collaborative effort of nine organizations, working with districts and schools nationwide to empower them to graduate all students ready for the future. The GRAD PartnershipExternal link is joining with schools and communities to create a national movement that taps into the power of predictive data, personalized support, and evidence-based practices to meet the needs of every student… read the full article here.

Keeping Students on the Path to Graduation and Postsecondary Success

By Melissa Mellor, Vice President, Hatcher Communications
July 2022

The pandemic’s deep impact on students is clear. After more than a decade of progress, high school graduation rates are down in many locales, while course failure, chronic absenteeism, and students’ well-being needs are up. Enter the GRAD Partnership for Student Success, a national effort to help schools, districts, and communities get students back on the path to graduation and postsecondary success…. read the full story on Hatcher’s website.

With So Many Kids Struggling in School, Experts Call for Revamping ‘Early Warning Systems’

By Sarah D. Sparks, Education Week
May 18, 2022

When one student starts to fall behind, act up, and disengage from class, many schools now have early-warning systems in place to signal a problem and intervene. But what happens when half the class—or half the school—throws up similar red flags?… read the full story on Education Week.

GRAD Partnership Aims to Keep Students on Track for Graduation

By Andrew Meyers for The HUB, Johns Hopkins University
February 24, 2022

The Everyone Graduates Center has experienced tremendous growth as its programs’ ideals and strategies have spread from district to district across the country. While much of that growth has come by word of mouth, the program is about to embark on a major new phase, thanks to a recent $13 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The funding will bring together the GRAD Partnership for Student Success, eight highly regarded national institutional and nonprofit organizations, to scale up evidence-based on-track systems and strategies geared toward high school graduation and post-secondary success… read the full story on The HUB.

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