“Failure is Not an Option”: Washington High School’s Focus on Freshmen Boosts Graduation Rates
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…
How Tacoma Public Schools Used Data to Track and Empower Student Growth
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…
Straight from the Students: Finding Supportive Communities in Public Charter Schools
Students discuss their community and learning experience at Two Rivers Public Charter School in Washington, DC.