GradNation Action Platform

Accelerating Progress to 90 Percent

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Our Goal: Increase the nation’s on-time high school graduation rate to 90% for the class of 2020

The GradNation campaign provides those working to increase high school graduation rates with data, best practices and opportunities to connect and learn from one another.


  • 70% or less
  • 70% to 75%
  • 75% to 80%
  • 80% to 85%
  • 85% to 90%
  • 90% or more

2017 Building a Grad Nation Report

This report explores progress and challenge in raising high school graduation rates. 

Co-Authored by:

Civic Enterprises & Everyone Graduates Center


2017 Building a Grad Nation Report
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The class of 2020 won’t make it to 90% without closing gaps for key sub-groups.

To reach 90% we must close the gaps in the graduation rates of Black/African-American students, Hispanic/Latino students, English-language learners, low-income students & students with disabilities. The closer we get the harder it gets, so there is room for everyone to make a difference.  


How to get involved

The GradNation campaign promotes work being done by leaders in every state and creates opportunities for the people doing the work to share their insights and support each other.

GradNation Community Summits bring together leaders from all sectors to examine local data, identify challenges and what’s working, and explore best practices for supporting young people.

Have insights about what's working to improve graduation rates in your community?

We would love to hear from you! Please tell us what you have learned. 


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News from the Campaign

Credo Members at Brookings Photo credit: Ralph Alswang for The Brookings Institution.
For many young men, joining a gang is their best option to survive. That’s why Chicago CRED works to provide “a pathway from the streets and into the legal economy” to combat gun violence in the city.
ImpactTulsa  Staff
Alex Paschal, Manager of Community Engagement for ImpactTulsa, is “motivated by the vision of ensuring all students are guaranteed a high-quality education and a pathway to thrive.” That’s why Paschal and the team at ImpactTulsa are helping more students finish high school prepared with the resources they need for postsecondary success.
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Trauma Systems Therapy (TST) provides children’s care teams with the tools and knowledge they need to better care for children, as well as a common language for addressing trauma.
Diverse group of teens
What can states do to ensure that every student receives an effective education? What does a real commitment to equity look like? A panel of experts tackled these questions in their discussion of a new report, States Leading for Equity: Promising Practices Advancing the Equity Commitments. Here are the takeaways.


America's Promise Alliance launched the campaign in 2010 and leads it today, in partnership with Civic Enterprises, the Everyone Graduates Center at the John Hopkins University School of Education, and the Alliance for Excellent Education.

America's Promise Alliance
Everyone Graduates Center
Civic Enterprises
Alliance for Excellent Education