Reducing Summer Melt: Helping 12th Graders Successfully Transition to College

How many students have you or a colleague helped get into college with a good financial aid package only to discover later that they never enrolled? Unfortunately, every year, thousands of 12th graders finish high school excited about going to college, only to fall off track. This is especially common among those whose families have little to no experience navigating the final steps they must take to matriculate.

Don’t Call Them Dropouts

The past decade has witnessed impressive growth in and commitment to helping more students graduate, fueled in part by a growing body of research on barriers to achievement of a diploma or credential. The 2014 Building a GradNation Summit was energized by the news that our national on-time graduation rate had reached 80% for the first time, growing ever closer to the GradNation campaign’s goal of a 90% on-time graduation rate by 2020. 

From Research to Practice: Dropout Prevention and Early Warning Indicators

Research to Practice is a new CCRS Center blog series. Each month, CCRS Center staff will highlight the latest research from the Regional Educational Laboratories on college and career readiness topics. This is the first in the series.

Exploring Dropout Recovery Partnerships Online

On June 6, the Dropout Recovery and Prevention Online Community of Practice (COP) hosted a webinar titled, “Partners in Dropout Recovery: Getting Creative to Find and Recruit Students.” This webinar represented the first dissemination and network engagement event of the community, which is managed by the American Institutes for Research through the

How Out-of-School Time Can Reduce Dropout Rates

Few would argue that out of school learning is unimportant for preparing students for postsecondary learning and careers. Most would suggest that some form of work-based, even workplace-based, learning in fact adds value to a high school diploma. We agree, and propose that these "leaving to learn" opportunities are not only important but essential if we are to keep all students in school deeply engaged in productive learning.

Ninth Grade Counts: Using Summer Bridge to Strengthen Transitions to High School

The transition from middle to high school presents many challenges for students, including increased academic expectations with reduced student support, summer learning loss, and often times difficult social transitions. Across the nation, summer transition programs aim to reduce the number of dropouts by providing transition supports for students most at risk of dropping out.

New NCES Report: 78% of High School Students Graduate within Four Years

A new National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) report finds that 78% of high school students, or about 1.3 million students, finished ‘on time’ in 2010. According to Public School Graduates and Dropouts from the Common Core of Data: School Year 2009–10, this is the nation’s highest high school graduation rate since 1976.