2010 Reports

  • Building a Grad Nation Annual Update
  • The central message of this report is that some states and school districts are raising their high school graduation rates with scalable solutions in our public schools, showing the nation we can end the high school dropout crisis. America made progress not only in suburbs and towns, but also in urban districts and in states across the South. We must calibrate our educational system to the greater demands of the 21st century through a Civic Marshall Plan to make more accelerated progress in boosting student achievement, high school graduation rates, and college- and career- readiness for our nation to meet national goals and fulfill the promise of the next generation. 

    Partners: Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University and America's Promise Alliance
    Lead Sponsor: Target
    Supporting Sponsor: AT&T and Pearson Foundation 
  • Raising Their Voices Engaging students, teachers, and parents to help end the High School Dropout Epidemic
  • The central message of this report is that the dialogues held between these three constituencies demonstrated that students, parents, and teachers largely agree on the barriers that students face and the interventions that could be provided to smooth the pathway for more students to move from high school to college, career, and active citizenship in their communities. These discussions demonstrated that the disconnects that we identified in previous research, including why students choose to drop out of school and what can be done about it,  can be effectively bridged through structured dialogue and a spirit of mutual respect. 

    Partner: Peter D. Hart Research Associates

    Sponsors: AT&T and America's Promise Alliance 

  • Untapped Potential Fulfilling the Promise of Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Bigs and Littles They Represent
    The central message of this report is that most Littles have confidence they will achieve their future goals and see the importance of working hard and graduating from college. Many face the challenges, however, of ruptured families and unsafe neighborhoods, bad influences from adults and peers in their lives, and schools marked by low expectations and insufficient student supports, that put those future goals at risk. Although the challenges at-risk children face are great, research shows that mentoring makes a significant positive difference in their lives. Littles and Bigs agree that good schools and positive role models would help Littles the most, and, ultimately, the Big experience emboldens volunteers to do more to mitigate these challenges on the local level and support an engagement and advocacy strategy at the national level. 
     Partner: Peter D. Hart Research Associates
     For: Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

  • 2010 Civic Health Assessment
    America's Civic Health Assessment, the first of its kind, measures America's civic habits across a wide range of indicators in an effort to strengthen citizen participation in our communities, states, and nation. This paper is a summary of the leading findings from the 2010 Civic Health Assessment, based on research conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2008 and 2009.
       Partners: National Conference on Citizenship and Circle 

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