Arlington, Va. — July 16, 2015 — Communities In Schools (CIS), the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization, today issued the following statement praising the United States Senate for demonstrating leadership in passing the bipartisan Every Child Achieves Act of 2015.
“Today the Senate has taken a bold step forward in recognizing that schools working with communities can address academic achievement and poverty simultaneously. By allowing educators to integrate wraparound services and provide supports that help disadvantaged kids focus on learning, we will improve student achievement. This bill is a victory for our nation’s children,” said Dan Fuller, vice president for legislative relations.
Fuller added, “Research has demonstrated that these services play a significant role in raising student achievement and blunting the impact of poverty. For educators and school leaders, wraparound services (integrated student supports) strategically deliver needed resources that enable students to focus on learning and teachers to focus on teaching. There is no question that this an important resource for educators. In a recent national poll of 700 teachers conducted by CIS and Public Opinion Strategies, 88% of respondents reported that poverty is a barrier to effective learning in public schools.
Perhaps most importantly, wraparound services are critical to changing the picture of education in our country for millions of students. Research has proven that these evidence-based programs and activities work. For example, among those students receiving our targeted interventions in 2014-2015, 97% were promoted to the next grade, 99% stayed in school and 96% of eligible seniors graduated. In addition to yielding substantial academic improvement, the requirement for wraparound services/integrated student supports ensures taxpayer resources are being used to deliver programs and approaches proven to work.
On behalf of the nearly 1.5 million young people we serve, we call on the Congress to include provisions for wraparound services in the final compromise version, and move swiftly to ensure it is enacted into law.”
Working directly in more than 2,300 schools in 25 states and the District of Columbia, Communities In Schools is the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization proven to keep students in school and on the path to graduation. For the 2015-2016 school year, Communities In Schools served nearly 1.5 million students and successfully helped 99 percent of our case-managed students stay in school.