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Syracuse City School District: High School Graduation Initiative

Syracuse City School District: High School Graduation Initiative

SCSD was awarded a four year Federal grant to tackle high dropout rates and low graduation rates.  The District has contracted with Apter & O’Connor to evaluate the program and document implementation successes and challenges. The High School Graduation Initiative (HSGI) supports any student currently out of school, at-risk of dropping out or not on track for graduation. HSGI adds a strong focus on school attendance with the formation of Attendance Teams to track students early on and assist those with attendance issues through additional supports or alternative programming.  Another important component are the Graduation Initiative Specialists (or Case Mangers) who work directly with students and their families. A&O is conducting a formative and outcome evaluation, utilizing data from the Basic Educational Data System (e-School), standardized test scores, attendance records, and disciplinary referral reports as well as survey/interview with  students, counselors and teachers and administrators to examine success of implementation and impact of the interventions. The findings and recommendations will inform further decision making for student supports and improved achievement.