May 2015

May 2015



Webinar Recording-Using Data To Build, Grow, and Sustain Your Afterschool System How can afterschool systems best leverage data to build, grow, and sustain their efforts? AYPF and Afterschool Alliance heard from afterschool system leaders on they are using data to support the growth and development of their systems.

Forum Resources- The New Forgotten Half: Those Who Pursue College But Never Earn a Degree A recent study, The New Forgotten Half and Research Directions to Support Them, commissioned by the William T. Grant Foundation, finds that many young people who enroll in college fail to complete their studies and attain a degree. This forum discussed the challenges facing students, the institutions that serve them, and strategies to help the new forgotten half get ahead and achieve their potential.

Study Tour Report, Chicago, IL: The Use of Student Surveys for School Improvement This study tour provided participants an opportunity to learn about the use of high-quality student and teacher surveys, developed by the University of Chicago and used in the Chicago Public Schools and the state of Illinois. Participants examined efforts to implement the use of student and teacher feedback as a way to enhance school climate and the learning students experience.

Forum for Thought Blog:

  • Executive Director Betsy Brand puts the spotlight on the “new forgotten half,” youth who attend college but don’t earn a degree. AYPF will also be posting a two-part blog series on the report, by author James Rosenbaum and Barbara Veazy of West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah, Kentucky.
  • 2015 AYPF intern Tyler Gibbs walks us through the “5Essentials” for gathering student and teacher input to improve learning, and reflects on putting theory into practice during his time at AYPF.
  • Senior Director Loretta Goodwin follows up on the “5Essentials” topic by focusing on the hard but valuable questions they can provoke.

Ready for Success Blog The Ready for Success Blog, operated by the College and Career Readiness and Success Center at the American Institutes of Research, provides practitioners and policymakers with many posts related to college and career readiness. Topics span the field of strategies which help prepare students for postsecondary education and beyond, including accelerated learning; dropout prevention and recovery; increased learning time; and federal, state, and local policy initiatives to name a few. See George Knowles’ latest post about the widening gap in higher education inequality.

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Check these out – recommended reading from the AYPF staff

MDRC Becoming Adults: One-Year Impact Findings from the Youth Villages Transitional Living Evaluation This evaluation is testing whether the Transitional Living program, operated by Youth Villages, makes a difference in the lives of young people with histories of foster care or juvenile justice custody. The program is intended to help these young people make a successful transition to adulthood by providing intensive, individualized, and clinically focused case management, support, and counseling. 

Opportunity Nation We Got This: A Call to Action for Youth Employment This report includes resources and best practices in terms of youth employment, bringing partners together to train and prepare youth for careers, increase degree attainment, and advocate for local, state and federal policy change in order to address youth unemployment.

Education Commission of the States State Approaches to Funding Dual Enrollment This Education Commission of the States policy analysis explores approaches states are taking to minimize or completely eliminate tuition and other costs for dually enrolled students.

Achieve Assessment to Support Competency-Based Pathways This report examines the role of summative assessment in supporting competency-based pathways (CBP), clarifies key assessment challenges, and provides examples and recommendations that will be useful in guiding those who wish to design and implement assessment systems to support CBP.

America’s Promise Alliance Building a Grad Nation This report shows that the national high school graduation rate hit a record high of 81.4 percent, and for the third year in a row, the nation remained on pace to meet the goal of 90 percent on-time graduation by 2020. This sixth annual update on America’s high school dropout challenge shows that these gains have been made possible by raising graduation rates for groups of students that have traditionally struggled to earn a high school diploma.

Jobs for the Future Opening the Door: How Community Organizations Address the Youth Unemployment Crisis This paper shows the vital role of community-based organizations in addressing the dual crisis of youth unemployment and postsecondary attainment rates. The ideas and examples presented here are based on the work of four community-based organizations in California that participated in Opportunity Links for Youth.