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Graduation Rates Are on the Rise! Congrats to Our Partner Districts

  • Sarah Smith
  • October 28, 2022

Over the past two and half years, our long-held belief that student support is a group effort has been reinforced. There is no silver bullet that solves every academic and social-emotional problem. However, providing students with a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) to meet them where they are on their educational journey is an important

Student Spotlight: Michael R

  • Sarah Smith
  • October 25, 2022

At only 21, Michael had already experienced the hardships of not having a high school diploma such as “not being able to take certain positions with employers, not being able to attend college, and thoughts of failure.” After a quick Google search, Michael found out about the Central Plains Degree Completion Program and immediately enrolled.

Why aren’t students showing up to school?

  • Sarah Smith
  • September 27, 2022

The number of chronically absent students — those missing 15 or more days per year — in U.S. schools doubled to 16 million in the 2021-22 school year. Prior to the pandemic, about 8 million students were chronically absent each year, according to new findings from Attendance Works. Two of the nation’s largest districts, New

Flexible Options Get More Students to Graduation

  • Sarah Smith
  • August 19, 2022

High school graduation rates in the U.S. have been steadily increasing since the early 2000s. However, the first full school year after the onset of COVID-19 saw a dip in graduation rates. In some states, this dip was as high as 2.6 percentage points. While we may not be able to see the full picture

Combat Teacher Burnout and Shortages With Online Courses

  • Sarah Smith

Over half of teachers who are members of the nation’s largest teacher’s union are considering leaving the profession early, according to a January 2022 poll from the National Education Association. Schools are also short-staffed across the country, and 80% of union members said they’ve had to take on a heavier workload to make up for

How to Combat Public High School Enrollment Decline

  • Sarah Smith

Over the past two years, we’ve seen historic declines in public school enrollment, especially among students in grades K-8. While public school enrollment for high school students (grades 9-12) has actually increased, the uptick has been for public charter school enrollment, not traditional public school enrollment. Read the full report from The Journal. From 2019-2021,

Student Spotlight: Brittney Phannix

  • Sarah Smith
  • June 28, 2022

Brittney always wanted to get her high school diploma, but an unexpected pregnancy put her graduation plans on pause. “I got pregnant at 16 and just didn’t want to go to school pregnant and have the other kids talk about me,” Brittney said. “I really had no choice but to drop out.” Over the next

Juneteenth Resources for Students of All Ages

  • Sarah Smith
  • June 7, 2022

What is Juneteenth, and how can educators recognize the first newly declared federal holiday since Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was passed into law in 1983? Most school children learn that President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation January 1, 1863, ending slavery. However, what is less commonly known is that even though the proclamation

Quality matters in online course development

  • Sarah Smith
  • April 27, 2022

By Dr. Jeffrey Kissinger, Chief Academic Officer Everyone knows when the worldwide pandemic closed schools, students and teachers were thrust into a virtual school environment. But what is less commonly known is online education existed for a long time before the pandemic, and there are a variety of rigorous standards used to evaluate quality in

The Value of Support in Alternative Education

  • Sarah Smith

At Graduation Alliance, helping high school dropouts and at-risk students get back on track to graduation is at the heart of what we do. We provide the pathway to an accredited high school diploma — a 100% online curriculum. But an effective dropout recovery program must do more than provide the pathway. We also provide