Civic Marshall Plan

ABOUT THE CIVIC MARSHALL PLAN

Every school in every community has unique opportunities to accelerate achievement for their children. To do so, stakeholders at every level require a set of appropriate solutions for their unique needs. In March of 2010, a coalition of leading U.S organization gathered to develop a plan of action for ending dropout crisis in America once and for all. The strategies for achieving this goal became known known as the Civic Marshall to Build a Grad Nation (CMP).

The Civic Marshall Plan is not meant to be a prescription, but rather an iterative, evolving, dynamic, solution-oriented campaign to end America’s dropout crisis. The Civic Marshall Plan is organized around Four Leading Principles: focus, high expectation, accountability, and collaboration.

 

Civic Marshall Plan Leadership

  • Plank 1: Grade Level Reading

    Research shows that proficient reading by the end of third grade is a key predictor of school success and high school graduation.

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  • Plank 2: Chronic Absenteeism

    Research shows chronic absence is an early warning indicator of dropping out and affects students’ ability to master reading, pass courses, and gain credits.

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  • Plank 3: Early Warning Indicator and Intervention System

    EWS use the ABCs -- attendance, behavior, and course performance in reading and math -- to recognize potential dropouts and provide necessary supports.

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  • Plank 4: The Middle Grades

    The middle grades should be redesigned to foster high student engagement and preparation for rigorous high school courses that prepare students for future success.

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  • Plank 5: Adult and Peer Supports

    The middle grades should be redesigned to foster high student engagement and preparation for rigorous high school courses that prepare students for future success.

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  • Plank 6: Transition Supports

    Without sufficient support, students may disengage from school and start on the path to dropping out during key transitions such as from middle to high school.

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  • Plank 7: Effective Schools

    Steps must be taken to transform or replace “dropout factories,” low-performing schools that contain nearly half of our nearly half of our nations\'s dropouts.

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  • Plank 8: Compulsory School Age

    Most jobs require high school diplomas and some post-secondary training.  Compulsory school attendance age should be when students graduate or age 18.

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  • Plank 9: Pathways to College and Career

    Just as one-size of K-12 education does not fit all, post-secondary pathways must be numerous with many access points.

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  • Plank 10: Dropout Recovery

    Students who are disconnected from school and work need to be reengaged through a comprehensive, multi-faceted, supportive approach.

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