State Activation

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A new report from the Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable projects that high school non-completion and disconnected youth will cost the state upwards of $100 billion. Here’s how three Arizona communities are keeping young people on track towards completion, connection, and prosperity.
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Though students at Thurgood Marshall Academy see the recent March for Our Lives rally as a symbolic moment, they know that long-term change takes time. After all, their school gets its name from the man who helped make school segregation illegal and challenged the separate but equal doctrine on which it stood for more than half a century.
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Families receiving food stamps get their benefits once a month. A few weeks later, kids’ test scores tick up. The pattern, revealed by a new study of thousands of North Carolina families, suggests that the additional access to healthy food helps students do better in school.
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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.

STATE ACTIVATION INITIATIVE

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

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>

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

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.

STATE REPORTS & RESOURCES

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