Chapter 3
III. Ensuring Effective Policies And Resource Allocations

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.

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