Five Ways to Improve Graduation Rates and Pathways to Success under ESSA

Five Ways to Improve Graduation Rates and Pathways to Success under ESSA

June 5, 2018

Discussing their new Building a Grad Nation report in this PBS NewsHour piece, Robert Balfanz (Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University), John Bridgeland (Civic Enterprises), John Gomperts (America’s Promise Alliance), and former Gov. Bob Wise (Alliance for Excellent Education) explain how, given the flexibility under ESSA for states to set their own graduation rate targets, we “must move beyond the national numbers of progress to see what is going on in states and communities to ensure more equitable outcomes for all.” They touch on the importance of states assisting low-performing schools, addressing the needs of subgroups of students, and examining “the quality of diplomas and the pipeline to postsecondary education.”