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Date(s) - 02/13/2014 - 12/27/2014
All Day

Advocates for Children and Youth


ACY’s Graduate Maryland kickoff event was a success! A broad base of stakeholders came together and started the process of thinking through ways to improve graduation rates and reduce the number of student dropouts.

While much was accomplished, there is still work to be done. Four workgroups, focusing on the issue areas outlined below, will be meeting over the summer to continue developing and prioritizing recommendations on how to help students reach graduation college and career ready.

If you are interested in being a part of the conversation and participating in a workgroup, please rate each of the four issue areas in the order of your preference. We will then be in touch with more details.

Graduate Maryland Workgroups:

Early Interventions – High quality pre-kindergarten, elementary and middle school interventions and early warning systems can be effective ways of preventing the need for dropout prevention programs.

Alternative Programs and Funding Models – Innovative in-school alternative education models as well as partnerships with community programs will be crucial to decreasing dropout rates and increasing student academic engagement.

General Education Development (GED) Process – Students can circumvent the raise in the compulsory school age law by passing the GED. However, there currently can be a significant lag time for students between enrolling in the prep program, taking the test and receiving the results and many students are not receiving any educational services during this time.

Strong Support Services for Socio-Economic Challenges – Students who are on the verge of dropping out often have many non-academic challenges in their life. Strong support services and good referrals systems to community-based programs are essential to increase the likelihood of graduation.


Bookings are closed for this event.