For Immediate Release
November 7, 2013
Arlington, Va. - Today’s release of the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress shows little improvement, and continued cause for concern. Average scores in reading and math have made minor gains across the nation, yet the achievement gap experienced little improvement. Moreover, approximately 1.2 million students are dropping out of school each year with poor and minority students making up a disproportionate share of this number.
“As the nation's leading dropout prevention organization, Communities In Schools (CIS) helps to alleviate the achievement gap in our nation’s schools,” said Dan Cardinali, President of Communities In Schools. “We are disappointed that no real progress was made in narrowing the achievement gap between white and minority students.”
Communities In Schools works within the public school system, determining student needs and establishing relationships with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers, and parent and volunteer organizations to provide resources that address the unmet needs of kids most at risk of dropping out. Integrating these student services empowers young people to focus on learning.
As a result of CIS’s tailored and proven approach 99 percent of potential dropouts stayed in school and 93 percent of eligible seniors graduated on time. In addition, a higher percentage of fourth- and eighth- grade students reached proficiency in reading and math.
A poll recently commissioned by CIS showed that 83 percent of the public supports bringing community resources inside public schools to help individual students in need and prevent them from dropping out of school.
“I urge Congress and the Administration to support integrated student services and evidence-based programs to ensure students succeed in school and graduate with the skills they need to achieve in life,” said Cardinali.
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Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to empowering at-risk students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future. Working directly inside more than 2,300 schools across the country, we connect kids to caring adults and community resources designed to help them succeed. We do whatever it takes to ensure that all kids—regardless of the challenges they may face—have what they need to realize their potential.