Nationally-proven strategies in use to turn around AZ graduation rate

| June 17, 2015

By Lisa Irish • Arizona Education News Service

Arizona school districts and nonprofit organizations are using nationally proven strategies and innovative practices in their efforts to turnaround a high school graduation rate that has declined in Arizona for three years in a row, notably among low-income and minority students, who a majority of the state’s school-age population.

Arizona is one of only four states whose four-year adjusted cohort graduation rates have declined for the past three years that statistics are available, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

“We need to begin by having tough conversations about the struggles faced by students, particularly low-income and minority students in our state,” said Rich Nickel, president and CEO of College Success Arizona. “Including students in those conversations is key to determining the supports they require for success. Once those supports are identified, we need to move forward with a collaborative approach to putting an end to students dropping out of high school and college.”

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