Media profiles disruptive Graduation Pathways project
Several media sources in Washington DC have covered the release of a report on 26 September on the disruptive Graduation Pathways project in the city.
Raise DC also convened a Graduation Pathways summit on the same day to meet with district and school leaders to discuss results and strategies forward. Raise DC is a coalition convened by mayor Vincent C. Gray in 2012 to focus on five key solution areas for the District, including the city’s graduation rate.
Washington DC has a citywide graduation rate of 60%, and this work aimed to better understand the specific factors that influence students’ likelihood of dropping out, and which schools and programs are beating the odds for key segments of at-risk students.
Tembo convened a cross-sector group of education agency officials, engaged in a groundbreaking data collection and integration effort, and performed a series of complex analyses to better understand which factors are the best predictors of both positive and negative student high school outcomes.
Following the release of the summary report, the work received considerable media attention. The Washington Post highlighted key findings and examined the particular challenge of high drop-out risk for special education and ESL students. Coverage from WAMU examined how results will be used to predict, and act on, drop-out risk. Finally, a piece from Greater Greater Washington explores key policy and practice implications. Education Week acknowledged how the work is helping educators and administrators use their data, especially towards college preparedness.