What Successful Schools Do to Raise Graduation Rates

  • In June of senior year, identify students who are a credit or two away from graduation. Assign someone to stay in daily contact with each of them and their families. Support the students through summer school and the August Regents and graduation.

  • Schedule twice weekly meetings of teachers to examine student work, teacher practice, and the interim assessments that gauge student progress. Share the notes from these professional conversations.

  • Make sure the support systems are in place: attendance taking and analysis, social services, guidance.