Working Statewide to Boost Graduation Rates

Abele MacIver, Martha; Groginsky, Scott
February 2011
Phi Delta Kappan;Feb2011, Vol. 92 Issue 5, p16
The article discusses the practices that were used by high schools in Colorado to increase the state's graduation rate and reduce the dropout rate. Through the Colorado Graduates Initiative (CGI), researchers identified seven areas of school improvement that can raise graduation rates, which include suggestions for educational leadership, educational practice based on data, and state-level educational policy. The work of the Donnell-Kay Foundation, which works to reduce the dropout rate, is described. Other topics include student behavior and the warning signs that a student may drop out of school, the benefits of a systematic approach to school improvement plans, and the commitment of stakeholders to improvement goals.


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