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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…

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.

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…

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:…

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…

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…