Accelerating Progress to 90 Percent
America’s Promise could not be more proud of the progress made toward raising graduation rates over the last several years. The data shows us that to accelerate progress to a national high school graduation rate of 90 percent, we must meet the needs of young people whose lives feature the greatest complexity and we must employ diverse systems and supports.
GradNation Action Platform
Over the past decade, the nation has made notable progress in improving the high school experience and raising graduation rates across the country. Despite this progress, however, the national goal of reaching a 90 percent four-year graduation rate has not been met and deep inequities remain.
Addressing these inequities and continuing the progress requires leaders to learn from state and community practitioners from across the country who are committed to creating equitable, youth-centered high school experiences that prioritize young people’s learning and wellbeing. High schools, alone, cannot correct all of society’s deeply entrenched inequities that impact student learning. However, high schools and their community partners can identify and respond to many of the systemic barriers that affect young people, helping them progress toward the graduation milestone and achieve their post-graduation goals. Our goal is for this resource to be a helpful aid to high school leaders, educators, and all who work to support high school students to and through graduation.
We have revised the language of the GradNation Action Platform to reflect the latest evidence and insights about the high school experience. We have also updated the resources to support high schools and their partners in meeting students’ needs in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has dramatically altered the high school experience for all young people while exacerbating existing inequities. The GradNation Action Platform continues to reflect the areas that schools and their community partners prioritize in pursuit of improving graduation rates based on the insights of practitioners, young people, and our own and others’ research.
What do we mean by ‘wellbeing’?
Young people’s wellbeing encompasses their physical and mental health, their social and emotional development, and the supportive relationships in their lives. When young people experience an array of supports that strengthen their sense of belonging and purpose, community connection, and ability to fully realize their assets and skills, they are well positioned to pursue experiences and futures that help them thrive.
BRINGING THE ACTION PLATFORM TO LIFE
In 2018, America’s Promise partnered with three community and two state initiatives to improve graduation rates for specific populations of young people. Each organization was selected based on its alignment with two or more aspects of the GradNation Action Platform. Explore lessons learned about how these strategies work together from communities in the Acceleration Initiative.
GradNation Action Platform Areas
GradNation Acceleration Grant
With generous support from AT&T, America’s Promise will invest in two states and three communities to support more young people toward the critical milestone of high school graduation.
The application period closed on November 8, 2017LEARN MORE ABOUT The AcceleRATION GRANT