All of us — students, families, educators, business leaders, A nonprofit representatives, community members and officials in federal, state, and local governments — must continue to collaborate to improve policies and resource allocation to successfully address the dropout crisis. Policies and resource allocation can either enable or constrain these efforts and, hence, it is important to work together as a community to establish policies that support graduation and college-and career-readiness for all.
The first step is getting good data, as schools and communities cannot address the dropout problem unless they know the size and the shape of the challenge. Why does it matter? Holding schools and districts accountable for their low performance as institutions is an important step in raising graduation rates for individuals. For example, being aware that some student groups – economically disadvantaged students, for instance – are not graduating high school at nearly the rate of their more affluent peers is the important first step toward helping these students succeed.
B. Support Policies And Practices That Strengthen And Align Graduation Rate Reporting And Accountability
E. Support Policies That Provide High Quality Educational Experiences For Children Before They Enter Kindergarten
F. Support Strategies And Resource Allocations That Have The Greatest Immediate Promise Of Contributing To Improving Student Achievement, And Higher Graduation Rates