Diplomas Now was proud to be a part of “Implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act: How Flexibility and Use of Evidence Can Improve Outcomes,” a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill hosted on Feb. 15 by Results for America.
Diplomas Now co-founder Robert Balfanz, who was recently named to Results for America’s Inaugural Nonprofit Fellowship Program, was featured on the panel at the briefing, where he discussed Diplomas Now’s successes and the lessons the program has learned from partnering with schools to implement its evidence-based approach to increase student achievement in schools across the country.
The briefing was particularly timely as states are hard at work on their plans for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which requires the use of evidence-based approaches, such as the one employed by Diplomas Now, to improve student outcomes in struggling schools.
Alongside the briefing, Diplomas Now released a new report, “Findings from the First Decade and What’s Next.” It details how Diplomas Now partners – City Year, Communities In Schools, and Talent Development Secondary – have collaborated over the last decade to develop an evidence-based school improvement model that builds adult and student capacity to improve outcomes in struggling secondary schools. Recent research proves that Diplomas Now is, compared to other approaches, successful in reducing the number of early-warning indicators that predict the likelihood of dropping out of high school and in reducing chronic absenteeism in the middle grades.
The report describes how organizations can collaborate to bring additional capacity to schools and have a greater impact, the crucial role AmeriCorps members play in delivering evidence-based supports in high-need schools, and the benefits of a public-private partnership like Diplomas Now and much, much more.
Read the full report.