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Strong Correlation Continues Between Poverty, Graduation Rates

By Megan Hoel Nov. 11, 2016

GoodCall looks at a recent study from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center that shows students from high poverty schools are much less likely to enroll in college immediately following high school or complete a degree within six years of high school graduation, and how Communities In Schools is working to reverse this trend.

Featuring our new President and CEO, Dale Erquiaga, GoodCall touches on the point that the problem is not only just money.

“When a child comes to school hungry, without a warm coat and shoes that fit, or badly needing a pair of glasses, that young person cannot focus on what’s happening in the classroom,” says Dale Erquiaga. “They are then more likely to fall behind on their classwork, miss several days of school and as a consequence earn poor grades. … They’re lagging behind academically and perhaps struggling socially. These are the students who are more likely to drop out and fail to graduate on time, if at all.”

“We do know that by placing a caring adult in the lives of these students, we can improve their attendance, behavior, course performance, and graduation rates,” Erquiaga says. “The data bears this out: 78% of students who received Integrated Students Supports from CIS improved their attendance improvement goals. 89% met their behavior goals. 85% met their academic improvement goals and again, 93% of our eligible seniors graduated.”

Read more here.