Graduation

Rising Graduation Rates in a Small Town of California

October 19, 2016 | Student Achievement

This summer, we had a chance to visit Lindsay Unified School District, in the California, where the students—almost all from low-income families and more than half English language learners—are taking ownership of their learning and seeing improvements: graduation rates are on the rise. Watch the video to learn more.

How to Help High School Students Graduate

August 29, 2016 | Student Achievement

At the UChicago Network for College Success (NCS), we’re energized by recent data. The national public high school graduation rate has increased by 9 percentage points from 73 percent in 2006 to 82 percent in 2014 (NCES, 2016). In Chicago over the same time period, graduation rates showed even bigger improvements:…

Keeping Students on Track: How to Identify and Address ‘Summer Melt’

June 10, 2016

For most students, receiving a college acceptance letter symbolizes the beginning of an exciting and rewarding journey. They breathe a sigh of relief as they head into high school graduation, knowing that they have the whole summer ahead to spend time with their friends and prepare for the transition to…

3 Ways the Class of 2016 Inspires Me

June 7, 2016 | Student Achievement

By Irvin Scott Last month, I was honored to address the 340 students graduating in the Class of 2016 at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, a two-year technical college in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The college is named after a Pennsylvania congressman who passionately advocated for ending slavery during the Civil War…

This Graduation Season, We’re Celebrating #ProgressInK12

June 1, 2016

Graduation season is not just a time of celebration, joy, and anticipation for the future, it’s also an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the teachers and schools that go the extra mile for their students. And for our Progress in Action campaign, that’s exactly what we’ll do. Over the…

Everyone Has a Right to Their Dream

January 21, 2016

Young people dream about what they’ll be when they grow up, but there’s a gap today between where high school ends and dreams begin. A gap fewer and fewer are able to leap. Hard work and determination are not enough. Today, a high school diploma isn’t the end of learning—it’s…