State Activation

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To raise graduation rates and increase postsecondary enrollment in Fort Worth, Texas, the city plans on harnessing the power of collective action. “We are facing a crisis with our kids, and it has to be turned around,” said Betsy Mayor Price at the Fort Worth GradNation Community Summit, hosted by Price and Fort Worth SPARC, on Oct. 10.
“Our hope was to provide an outlet for youth and adults across Washtenaw County to come together for interactive and engaging programming,” said Kelsey Cavanagh-Strong of Neutral Zone, describing the GradNation Community Summit they hosted in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Oct. 20.
Like many school districts across America, California’s New Haven Unified School District is trying to narrow its achievement and graduation gaps. And it’s using design thinking to do it. “Young people are pushed out of a school system that doesn’t love and accept them,” Dr. Arlando Smith, co-superintendent of NHUS, said at the UC Exceed GradNation Community Summit on Sept. 24. “It just tolerates them.”
Nearly 1.6 million students are in California’s public education system, including almost one-third of the nation’s English language learners. In California, one out of every four students is an English language learner. While San Diego Unified School District boasts an overall high school graduation rate of approximately 82 percent as of 2015, only 73 percent of English learners graduate high school in four years.


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How states were chosen for GradNation's state activation initiative

The GradNation State Activation Initiative, a three-year collaboration between America’s Promise Alliance and Pearson, works to increase high school graduation rates by leveraging statewide change in three ways: by encouraging statewide innovation and collaboration, by sharing knowledge to accelerate adoption of proven strategies, and by developing successful models all states can replicate. 

How states were selected
Grantees were selected from a diverse pool of 41 applicants in 26 states. All applicants – along with other organizations working to increase statewide graduation rates – were invited to join a new GradNation Activation Online Community, a hub for sharing strategies and successful practices, asking questions and sparking conversations.

How states were chosen for GradNation's state activation initiative

Arizona Grantee: WestEd

WestEd, a research, development, and service agency is working with the Arizona Mayors' Education Roundtable to support cross-sector partnerships to increase graduation rates in 15 cities across the state. Read more

Massachusetts Grantee: Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is creating a state-level coalition and providing seed funding to 10 school districts to improve graduation rates for students whose first language is not English. Read more>

Minnesota Grantee: Alliance With Youth - GradMinnesota

The Minnesota Alliance With Youth is supporting GradMinnesota, an initiative to increase the state's graduation rate to 90 percent, with a focus on increasing grad rates for students of color, low-income students, English-language learners, and students with disabilities. Read more >

Grad Nation and Pearson

The State Activation Initiative is possible thanks to the generous support of Pearson.