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How A Student-Led Program Eases Transitions for Military Kids

September 25, 2017 | Student Achievement

By Mya Wells As part of a proud military family, I’ve moved to several new places—Florida, Louisiana, and Texas—and each time my family moved, I faced the challenge of transitioning to a new school. It’s never easy for military kids like me to adapt to a new school—everything from understanding…

Success for Our Students: How High Schools and Colleges Can Share Responsibility for the Students They Serve

September 25, 2017 | Student Achievement

Both of us were first-generation college students. Like many others who fit this description, we started college at broad-access postsecondary institutions close to home – a California community college and a California state university. Our privileged fates as graduates unfortunately was and remains far from the norm for others of…

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“Failure is Not an Option”: Washington High School’s Focus on Freshmen Boosts Graduation Rates

September 25, 2017 | Student Achievement

Ten years ago, Washington High School (WHS) in Tacoma, Washington, was deemed a dropout factory: Only 57 percent of freshmen students graduated in four years. Over the past decade, however, the graduation rate at WHS has increased by 30 percentage points, to an impressive 87 percent. And importantly, this rate…

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Why Is Ninth Grade a Critical Time for Students? A Researcher Explains

September 25, 2017 | Student Achievement

There are a number of reasons that a student may fall behind in school, but one of the most impactful is making the transition to high school. Research shows that whether students graduate from high school is largely determined during their freshman year. In this Q&A, Elaine M. Allensworth, Lewis-Sebring…

A Data Partnership that Supports Nashville Students Beyond the Classroom

June 26, 2017 | Student Achievement

Schools around the country are using key data on students’ performance in the classroom to inform how they can better meet the needs of individual students. In Nashville, data are also improving how students are served beyond the classroom and in the community, thanks to the Nashville After Zone Alliance…

How Tacoma Public Schools Used Data to Track and Empower Student Growth

June 26, 2017 | Student Achievement

In 2012, Tacoma Public Schools (TPS) set out to design a data tracking system that would empower educators and students and communicate important information to parents and the community. Since then, graduation rates have risen 23 percent and the percentage of students accepted to postsecondary schools has doubled at nearly…

Teacher Appreciation Week: High Expectations Builds Student Confidence

May 1, 2017 | Student Achievement

Great teachers are a critical support in the bridge to opportunity that is public education. For these students from Manassas High School in Memphis, their favorite teachers support and motivate them with high expectations, and encourage them to be the best version of themselves they can be—both in and outside…

How High Expectations Lead to Student “Aha” Moments

May 1, 2017 | Student Achievement

I was first inspired to teach by my mom, a history teacher of 35 years, and by my 10th grade English teacher, Ms. Turnipseed. Now, as an English teacher at Manassas High School in Memphis, Tennessee, I enjoy the spark and “Aha!” moment on my students’ faces when they understand…

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PIQE: Supporting Families at School and Home

February 20, 2017 | Student Achievement

Jose, the youngest of five kids, moved to Oakdale, California from Mexico when he was just 10 years old. He and his family stepped into a daunting new reality, facing heartbreaking setbacks. “It was a struggle,” Jose recalled. “Not only did we have to learn a new language, but my…

A Parent Academy Driving Toward One Goal: Ensure Students Succeed

February 20, 2017 | Student Achievement

The phrase “student success” likely brings to mind the image of a child in the classroom, putting pen to paper and working through complex math or reading comprehension problems. But it’s what happens behind the scenes—beyond the classroom walls—that can contribute to a student’s ability to reach his or her…