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Currently, our region’s high school graduation rate is 70%, that is 11% below the
national average.  At this rate, over 20,000 Tulsa-area students will drop out
over the next decade which is greater than the entire population of the City of Jenks.
Our partnership is working to change this by sharing proven strategies
that are currently keeping kids in our region in school. 

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Graduate 918

 

Utilizing best practice approaches and quality data, the partnership will boost graduation rates 10% by 2019 as well as increase post-secondary enrollment by 12% to ensure students are prepared for today’s workforce. Our staff worked with the Graduate918 Operations Council to develop an intervention/partnership model aimed at building the regional data infrastructure and training to utilize tools that are proven in stabilizing students, particularly at the high school level.

Our intervention/partnership model is aimed at building our regional data infrastructure and training to utilize tools that are proven in stabilizing students particularly at the high school level.
To this end, our partnership has launched Collaborative Acton Networks in two areas. Those areas include:

EXPANSION OF EARLY WARNING INDICATOR SYSTEMS

 

In partnership with an evidence-based model at Johns Hopkins, ImpactTulsa is working with Talent Development to scale of practices utilizing EWIS with a goal of increasing on time high school graduation. These systems provide key warning flags for intervention based on three areas – attendance, core course completion and behavior.
Our Collaborative Action Network is working now to provide a roadmap to expand EWIS which is only formally being used in one high school in our entire partnership and has only been in use for one year.

POSTSECONDARY ACCESS

 

Completing the FAFSA form is the gateway to a postsecondary credential. Too oftentimes this gateway is a critical barrier to students continuing their academic career. Our Operations Council felt strongly that given the postsecondary access programs and debt free options available in Tulsa County and the state as a whole ensuring more students are completing FAFSA forms would have a substantial impact in the number of students entering and subsequently completing a postsecondary program.

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

 

ImpactTulsa is working with national partners including America’s Promise Alliance and will jointly convene a community summit on high school completion in October. Our team is also working with local organizations like Talent Development to seek private resources toward the implementation of EWIS in schools with both a need and leadership willing to utilize the systems with fidelity.