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Partnership aims to increase high school graduation rates

Educators receive network membership to foster best practices, research-based solutions for at-risk youth

In an effort to help increase high school graduation rates, Edgenuity, a provider of online and blended learning solutions, has announced a partnership with the National Dropout Prevention Network (NDPN).

The partnership builds on Edgenuity’s work over the last two decades with thousands of schools to keep at-risk students engaged and enable them to graduate on time with the use of technology.

Together, Edgenuity and NDPN will promote a dialogue about effective dropout prevention strategies and provide stakeholders with resources, research and best practices. NDPN is the outreach arm of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N), the world’s leading resource on strategies to reduce school dropout.

“Advances in education technology have created more options for a student to receive a quality education than ever before. However, nearly one in five students annually – over 700,000 children – are still leaving school without a diploma,” said Sari Factor, CEO of Edgenuity and NDPN board member. “By sharing best practices and research-based solutions, we can increase engagement and inspire students to stay in school. NDPC/N fosters collaboration among educators, and we are excited to offer our partner schools and districts the opportunity to join in that conversation.”

Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS), the sixth largest public school district in Virginia, works to identify students before they become susceptible to dropping out. After discovering that most students drop out after ninth grade, HCPS now offers an innovative program for students who are failing their first semester of ninth grade. By providing students targeted online courses coupled with face-to-face instruction and support for credit recovery, HCPS helps ensure students stay on track for the rest of freshman year, and ultimately for graduation.

“We want to do everything we can to help our students believe in themselves and to understand that they have an opportunity to earn their high school diploma,” said Justine Jordan, Extended Learning Specialist at Henrico County Public Schools. “Edgenuity has enabled many of our students to come back into the fold, realize their potential and take control of their future.”

Through the partnership, Edgenuity customers are eligible for free one-year memberships to the National Dropout Prevention Network. NDPN members receive access to NDPC/N’s wide range of resources to assist educators and other practitioners concerned about at-risk youth. Through the Network, they can build relationships with other educators and organizations joined in dropout prevention efforts.

“Edgenuity recognizes that educators must consider research, think strategically, and select the best solutions to significantly raise graduation rates,” said Dr. Sandy Addis, Director of the NDPC/N. “Solving the dropout crisis means educators, researchers, and private sector providers must work together to share information and strategies.”

Laura Ascione

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