Roughly 10 percent of freshmen class students nationwide find themselves struggling to earn enough credits to pass ninth grade, leaving them with only a 20-percent chance of graduating on time. This past year, the Metropolitan School District (MSD) of Decatur Township teamed up with the University of Chicago to combat this issue by implementing a Student Transition and Enrichment Pathway (STEP), a research-based program proven to produce growth in academic achievement and graduation rates among high school students. With its new STEP program in place, Decatur Township experienced significant success in just six months.

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About the Author:

Nate Davis is the assistant superintendent of schools at MSD of Decatur Township. He has an extensive background in education and is dedicated to 21st century learning. Nate believes in developing compassionate leadership in others, while possessing the relentless drive to close the achievement gap for Decatur township students and helping each community member realize the potential they have for success. For more information on Decatur Township, please visit www.decaturproud.org.