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New MDRC Report Highlights and Evaluates Diplomas Now

Diplomas Now, through the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) fund, is implementing a randomized control trial to evaluate the effectiveness of its model on improving student attendance, behavior and course performance. This evaluation, led by MDRC, is the largest randomized control trial of secondary school transformation in the nation’s history and has the potential to have significant influence on the way that schools are supported for years to come. The first of three i3 reports from MDRC has been released, and highlights school recruitment and the first year of model implementation at schools, with a focus on establishing baseline information on school operating conditions and Diplomas Now model fidelity.

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Ohio Controlling Board Approves Grant to South High School

The Ohio Controlling Board this week approved a $700,000 grant to the Diplomas Now partnership at South High School in Columbus from the Straight A Fund.

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2014 Summer Institute: Borrowing a Page from the “The Lego Movie”

More than 250 adults from 15 cities attended the sixth annual Diplomas Now Summer Institute in Baltimore and heard how the kids’ film “The Lego Movie” actually also applied to their work of keeping kids on track to high school graduation: “We are a community of master builders. Everything is cool when you are part of a team! We all have the power to be ‘the special’ to our students if we believe in them and in ourselves.”

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Diplomas Now Seattle Team Wins Road Map Project Special Recognition Award

Congratulations to the Diplomas Now team at Aki Kurose Middle School in Seattle for winning a Special Recognition Award in the inaugural Road Map Project Awards Program. The Road Map Project is a community effort aimed at improving education to drive dramatic improvement in student achievement from cradle to college and career in South King County and South Seattle.

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Diplomas Now Nominated For CLASSY Award

Diplomas Now has been nominated for a CLASSY Award in the Education Quality & Completion category.

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