Item2022-23 National Partnership for Student Success School Leader Survey Results(Everyone Graduates Center, Johns Hopkins School of Education, 2023-09) Balfanz, Robert; Byrnes, VaughanThe principal survey questions and responses that were evaluated in the report, Increasing School Capacity to Meet Students' Post-Pandemic Needs: Findings from the 2022-23 National Partnership for Student Success Principal Survey ItemIncreasing School Capacity to Meet Students' Post-Pandemic Needs: Findings from the 2022-23 National Partnership for Student Success Principal Survey(Everyone Graduates Center, Johns Hopkins School of Education, 2023-09) Balfanz, Robert; Byrnes, VaughanOne of the most comprehensive post-pandemic representative surveys of public school principals on the provision of student supports shows that the nation’s schools and their partners are working hard to provide students with the people-powered supports they need to thrive in the wake of the pandemic and its aftermath. Nearly all surveyed principals reported providing in the 2022-23 school year one of the evidence-based student supports identified by the National Partnership for Student Success (NPSS) as critical to addressing the impacts of the pandemic—high-intensity tutoring, mentoring, success coaching, college and career advising, and wraparound supports. ItemGrad Nation: Building a Grad Nation, Progress and Challenge in Raising High School Graduation Rates, 2022-2023 Annual Update(2023-06) Atwell, Matthew; Balfanz, Robert; Byrnes, Vaughan; Bridgeland, John M.Building A Grad Nation 2023: Progress and Challenge in Raising High School Graduation Rates marks the final report to the nation on a 20-year effort to boost high school graduation rates. Co-authored by CIVIC and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Education, and sponsored by the Lumina Foundation and Hewlett Foundation, it shows graduation rates rising from 71 percent in 2001 to 86.5 percent by the Class of 2020, translating into 5 million more students graduating, rather than dropping out, during that period. ItemBERC: College Access in Baltimore, A Decade of College-Going Among City Schools Graduates(2023) Durham, Rachel E.; Smith, Zyrashae; Cronister, Curt; Dewey, Nathaniel A.; Stein, Marc L.This report summarizes trends in college-related outcomes among Baltimore City Public School’s (City Schools) graduates over a ten-year timespan, from 2011 to 2020. The data presented centers on core activities in accessing college, from applying for admission and financial aid, to college enrollment and, ultimately, degree completion. We acknowledge that pursuing postsecondary education is but one path to independent adulthood. Many young adults wish to engage in other types of training and preparation that are not represented in this report, such as apprenticeships, on-the-job training, and military service. However, research concludes that individuals with at least some college education have higher lifetime earnings (Kim & Tamborini, 2019), better health outcomes (Kaplan et al., 2017), and greater civic engagement (Campbell, 2009). Moreover, higher education attainment in the aggregate yields benefits for the local economy (Koropeckyj et al., 2017) and greater well-being for the community (Baum et al., 2013). We thus offer the data in this report as one means of monitoring opportunity for Baltimore youth and Baltimore City as a whole. ItemInsights from a Pandemic: Reflections from the On Track to Career Success Project(2023-03)After extensive planning and work building multiple partnerships, the On Track to Career Success (OTCS) project was launched in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and New Orleans, Louisiana in early 2020. The OTCS project works with partner schools and communities to create a framework to support all students, including the most marginalized, on a path to high school graduation, post-secondary schooling and/or training, and a career with a family-supporting wage. ItemDiplomas Now: Findings from the First Decade and What's Next(2017-02)How an evidence-based, collaborative, whole-school improvement model, leveraging AmeriCorps members and early warning systems, can accelerate student and school success in the highest-need schools. ItemGrad Nation: Building a Grad Nation, Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic, 2020-2021 Annual Update(2021-09) Atwell, Matthew; Balfanz, Robert; Manspile, Eleanor; Byrnes, Vaughan; Bridgeland, John M.For over a decade, the GradNation campaign has focused the nation on improving high school graduation rates for all students to reach a 90 percent graduation rate equitably by 2020. Steady progress has been made, with 15 consecutive years of increasing graduation rates and, in 2019, the nation reached another all-time high graduation rate of 85.8 percent. Since 2000, 4.5 million more students have graduated from high school on-time rather than leaving school without a diploma. The first section of this report will explore these high school graduation trends across the nation in greater depth, examining progress to date. It also charts a path forward to realize the highly achievable gains necessary to reach a 90 percent graduation rate. In the second section, this report explores reaching a 90 percent graduation rate for all students, highlighting both the continued improvement of historically marginalized student subgroups and the equity gaps that linger. In addition, we analyze the high schools where on-time graduation remains elusive. Throughout, the report also highlights best practice in improving high school graduation rates and college and career readiness, explores the emerging data on the impacts of COVID-19, and features evidence-based policy options. ItemGrad Nation: Building a Grad Nation, Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic, 2019-2020 Annual Update(2020-09) Atwell, Matthew; Balfanz, Robert; Manspile, Eleanor; Byrnes, Vaughan; Bridgeland, John M.The COVID-19 pandemic and protests against systemic racism have shaken the nation in recent months. While the data presented in this report for the 2017–18 school year predated these crises, these events have further highlighted the glaring opportunity and achievement gaps in education for students of color and from various backgrounds. In addition to presenting an update to the nation on progress and challenge in increasing high school graduation rates on a path to postsecondary and workforce readiness, this report also addresses some of the gaps, barriers, and innovations seen across school systems to strengthen the nation’s educational response to these crises and help prepare for those in the future. It also unveils a “Meeting the Moment” plan of action to reach national goals and to ensure that these moments of crisis are used to re-envision education and to leverage what is most important to boost academic and other outcomes for children and youth. ItemGrad Nation: Building a Grad Nation, Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic, 2018-2019 Annual Update(2019-09) Atwell, Matthew; Balfanz, Robert; Bridgeland, John M.; Ingram, Erin S.; Byrnes, VaughanThe 2019 annual update to the nation includes three new features: a Secondary School Improvement Index; a focus on homeless students with graduation rate data available for the first time from 26 states, together with a national graduation rate released by the National Center for Homeless Education; and a new component highlights indicators of postsecondary success and provides snapshots of innovations in the school-to-work pipeline as the nation works to prepare more Americans for the increasing demands of the workplace. ItemGrad Nation: Building a Grad Nation, Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic, 2017-2018 Annual Update(2018-09) Jennifer L. DePaoli; Robert Balfanz; Matthew N. Atwell; John M. Bridgeland; Vaughan ByrnesHigh school graduation rates help us better understand how states, schools, and districts across the country are doing at graduating their students, bringing about more equitable outcomes for students facing the greatest challenges, and creating pathways for long-term success. This is essential because a high school diploma has become a prerequisite to postsecondary education and obtaining a livable wage and is associated with a wide range of important health and civic outcomes. Although strong and consistent progress has been made over the past decade in raising graduation rates, too often the same students, particularly those who are Black, Hispanic, low-income, and with disabilities, still have the most disparate outcomes, resources, and opportunities. ItemGrad Nation: Building a Grad Nation, Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic, 2016-2017 Annual Update(2017-09) Balfanz, Robert; DePaoli, Jennifer L.; Bridgeland, John M.; Atwell, Matthew; Ingram, Erin S.; Vaughan ByrnesThis year signifies two key milestones in the GradNation campaign to raise high school graduation rates. First, the release of the 2015 federal graduation rate data marks five years since states began reporting the Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR). The ACGR, for the first time, created a common formula for collecting graduation rate statistics across states and provides data on individual student subgroups down to the school and district levels. With five years of ACGR data, it is clearer than ever before where progress is being made and where it is not, which students continue to graduate at higher and lower rates and how this varies by state, and where graduation rate gaps are closing and persisting between student subgroups. Second, there are now just five years of federal graduation rate data reporting between now and the culmination of the GradNation goal to raise high school graduation rates to 90 percent by the Class of 2020. We have made remarkable progress as a nation, but need to accelerate our progress to reach our goal. ItemGrad Nation: Building a Grad Nation, Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic, 2015-2016 Annual Update(2016-09) DePaoli, Jennifer L.; Balfanz, Robert; Bridgeland, John M.; Byrnes, Vaughan; Pierson, Mark; Ingram, Erin; McMahon, Kathleen; Fox, Joanna Hornig; Maushard, MaryThe report is based on the most recent comprehensive data from the National Center for Education Statistics at the U.S. Department of Education (2013-14). The 2016 report provides a new national and state-by-state examination of graduation rates for regular district, charter, virtual and alternative schools, a look at the validity of graduation rates, and policy recommendations for change. ItemGrad Nation: Building a Grad Nation, Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic, 2014-2015 Annual Update(2015-09) Balfanz, Robert; DePaoli, Jennifer L.; Fox, Joanna Hornig; Ingram, Erin S.; Maushard, Mary; Bridgeland, John M.; Pierson, Mark; Byrnes, VaughanThis sixth annual report to the nation highlights the significant progress that has been made, but also the serious challenges that remain – closing gaping graduation gaps between various student populations; tackling the challenge in key states and school districts; and keeping the nation’s focus on ensuring that all students – whom Robert Putnam calls “our kids” – have an equal chance at the American Dream. ItemGrad Nation: Building a Grad Nation, Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic, 2013-2014 Annual Update(2014-09) Balfanz, Robert; Bridgeland, John M.; Fox, Joanna Hornig; DePaoli, Jennifer L.; Ingram, Erin S.; Maushard, Mary; Pierson, Mark; Byrnes, VaughanThis fifth annual update on America’s high school dropout crisis shows that, for the first time in history, the nation has crossed the 80 percent high school graduation rate threshold and remains on pace, for the second year in a row, to meet the goal of a 90 percent high school graduation rate by the Class of 2020. After the nation witnessed flat-lining high school graduation rates for three decades, rates have risen about 10 percentage points over the last 10 years. Improvements have been driven by dramatic gains in graduation rates among Hispanic and African American students. But it is in those same populations that some of the greatest challenges remain. ItemGrad Nation: Building a Grad Nation, Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic, 2012-2013 Annual Update(2013-09) Balfanz, Robert; Bridgeland, John M.; Bruce, Mary; Fox, Joanna HornigThis fourth annual update on America’s high school dropout crisis shows that for the first time the nation is on track to meet the goal of a 90 percent high school graduation rate by the Class of 2020—if the pace of improvement from 2006 to 2010 is sustained over the next 10 years. The greatest gains have occurred for the students of color and low-income students most affected by the dropout crisis. Many schools, districts and states are making significant gains in boosting high school graduation rates and putting more students on a path to college and a successful career. ItemGrad Nation: Building a Grad Nation, Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic, 2011-2012 Annual Update(2012-09) Balfanz, Robert; Bridgeland, John M.; Bruce, Mary; Fox, Joanna HornigThis 2011-2012 Grad Nation Annual Update report shows that high school graduation rates continue to improve nationally and across many states and school districts, with 12 states accounting for the majority of new graduates over the last decade. ItemGrad Nation: Building a Grad Nation, Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic, 2010-2011 Annual Update(2011-09) Balfanz, Robert; Bridgeland, John M.; Fox, Joanna Hornig; Moore, Laura A.This Grad Nation Campaign Annual Update report provides an update on the progress in implementing the Civic Marshall Plan and highlights the challenges that remain as our nation works to meet its goal. This report is the first in a series of annual updates that will be provided through 2020, as the nation makes progress and confronts challenges to meet this national goal. ItemGrad Nation: Building a Grad Nation, Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic(2010-11) Balfanz, Robert; Bridgeland, John M.; Moore, Laura A.; Fox, Joanna HornigThe central message of this report is that some states and school districts are raising their high school graduation rates with scalable solutions in our public schools, showing the nation we can end the high school dropout crisis. America made progress not only in suburbs and towns, but also in urban districts and in states across the South. ItemGrad Nation: A Guidebook to Help Communities Tackle The Dropout Crisis(2009-02) Balfanz, Robert; Fox, Joanna Hornig; Bridgeland, John M.; McNaught, MaryGrad Nation Guidebook is for communities that seek to improve their high school graduation and college readiness rates. It provides detailed information and tools to support reforms and enable effective community action. ItemCRESPAR Report #71: Toward a Policy Framework for Analyzing Educational System Effects(2004-11) Lasky, Susan G.School reform efforts over the last two decades have become increasingly more complex and systemic. Yet, studies that have as their primary purpose identifying and understanding the function of linkages in school reform processes are virtually nonexistent in the school effects and school improvement literature. This report proposes a model that emphasizes the study of linkages between levels in the policy system. It also focuses on where individual, collective, and material capacity across the educational policy system can be developed to support linkages and the flow of resources and communication across them. The report includes an extensive review of the American reform literature since A Nation at Risk was published, using a conceptual framework to identify linkages, and areas where capacity can be developed to support sustained reform at the school level. The report closes with implications and directions for future research.